Iran's Zarif says talks with European Union talks off to a 'good start'

US President Donald Trump is hinting he may revoke the press credentials of journalists who criticize his presidency

Iran's Foreign Minister Zarif failed to win any concrete assurances to help tackle the USA threat of economic sanctions during talks in Beijing Sunday.

Iran is scrambling to salvage the deal after US President Donald Trump announced last week that his country will be withdrawing from it and reimposing sanctions against Tehran.

Mr Johnson revealed on Monday that he would discuss ways to protect them during a meeting with fellow foreign ministers from France and Germany on Tuesday.

"We are on the right path to move forward ..."

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has acknowledged that the Iran nuclear deal "certainly has weaknesses" but says it should be preserved.

Several Irish firms began trading with Iran, the Middle East's second-largest economy, in the wake of the 2015 deal to control Tehran's nuclear ambitions, which led to the lifting of long-standing global sanctions and the resumption of formal trade ties with several European countries.

When he quit the deal last week, US President Donald Trump gave businesses a maximum of six months to wind up operations in Iran or face swingeing penalties under American sanctions.

Some good has come out of the Iranian deal, such as Iran sending Russian Federation much of its super-enriched uranium while getting all kinds of natural uranium back, but it was Obama who facilitated the USA departure.

"I want to stress we are under no illusion about the stuff Iran gets up to in the region, in the Middle East".

Trump's announcement last week that he was withdrawing the USA from the landmark Iran deal inflamed regional tensions and threw European investments from oil to aerospace into jeopardy.

Zarif said talks would go on for the next two weeks and European Union diplomats said they needed some time to understand the USA position. Bolton said on ABC's "This Week".

"We're not talking about annexes or modifications of the agreement at all, we're talking about setting up concrete measures" to preserve the deal, Mogherini said.

French President Emmanuel Macron has said he wants to secure a wider deal after the US withdrawal with four pillars: limiting Iran's nuclear program in the short and the long term, restraining its ballistic missile program and curbing what the West views as its destabilising behaviour in Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Lebanon. The announcement triggered USA plans to reimpose sanctions on the Islamic Republic within roughly three to six months.

Russian Federation will comply with its liabilities within framework of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action regarding the Iranian nuclear program to reconfigure the Fordow enrichment facility.

"The Europeans have repeated on several occasions that they will not be able to resist United States sanctions". For the world, it will mean further division between the US and the European Union and further global imperialist competition. European governments are casting about for ways to protect their firms from running afoul of USA sanctions, which has led to threats from Brussels and counter-threats from White House National Security Advisor John Bolton.

He said: "What we are going to do tomorrow in Brussels is we are going to have a conversation about what we can do to help United Kingdom firms, European firms have some confidence that they can still do business". "We will try to uphold our side of the bargain".



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