Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Iran hopes to keep nuclear agreement

Iran hopes to keep nuclear agreement

"The policy of Iran in the region is based on efforts to maintain security, stability and the fight against terrorism", said Mr. Rouhani, emphasizing, "today, we are happy that we were able to help the Iraqi government and nation to bring ISIL to its knees".

One week after US President Donald Trump announced Washington's withdrawal from the nuclear deal, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said that Tehran plans to "remain in the deal" provided that its national interests are protected.

May noted: "Both leaders agreed on the importance of continued dialogue between the two countries, and looked forward to the meeting of UK, German, French and Iranian foreign ministers in Brussels on Tuesday".

He also highlighted the professional capabilities of Iranian companies, saying the Islamic Republic is ready to provide Sri Lanka with technical and engineering services for the construction of dams and power plants, development of refineries, and supplying power to villages. He added, however, that other Treaty partners - Germany, France, Britain, China and Russian Federation - can still save the agreement and the credibility of global agreements.

The country's foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif too is seeking to salvage the deal, this weekend commencing a tour with the other signatories in the hopes the agreement can be "re-designed" without the U.S.

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Days after the Iranian leader expressed doubt about the future of the deal, European leaders such as President Emmanuel Macron of France, Angela Merkel of Germany and Theresa May of Britain all spoke about their commitment to the deal, despite USA withdrawal last week.

The three European states have recommitted to the agreement, but senior cleric Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami said on Friday that Europe was not to be trusted.

May made the remarks in a telephone conversation with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday.

The head of the elite Revolutionary Guards also warned against relying on foreign powers to guarantee Iran's interests.

With the deal opposed by hardliners at home, some analysts say the pragmatic Rouhani may now be a lame duck leader.

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