Zarif visits Russia, China to save nuclear deal

May 15 2018

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif reached Moscow on Monday  as part of a series of international diplomatic meetings aimed at saving  the Iran nuclear deal following the withdrawal of the US.

Zarif will be discussing the agreement with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov, CNN reported.

Before  Russia, Zarif was in Beijing where he stressed the importance of  keeping the pacts, which were signed in 2015 with the aim of both  halting Tehran's nuclear ambitions and stimulating the country's  economy.

Zarif met his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi who reiterated  Beijing's support for the deal. "China will take an objective, fair and  responsible attitude, keep communication and cooperation with all  parties concerned and continue to work to maintain the deal," Wang said  on Sunday, adding the agreement was "hard-earned".

According to  Russia's TASS news agency, Lavrov and Zarif will discuss the  "possibility of preserving the Iran nuclear deal" as Moscow previously  stated its strong support for the agreement.

US President Donald  Trump announced on May 8 that the country would be withdrawing from the  accord, which was signed under former President Barack Obama, saying it  was "defective at its core".

Trump also said he planned to reintroduce the highest level of economic sanctions on Iran.

But  other countries around the world, including Germany, France, and the  UK, have said they would like to keep the original deal, known as the  Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in place.

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