Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Rouhani tells Macron Europe's package does not meet Iranian demands

Rouhani tells Macron Europe's package does not meet Iranian demands

In May, U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out of the deal under which sanctions on Iran were lifted in return for curbs to its nuclear programme.

Ministers from Britain, China, France, Germany and Russian Federation meet their Iranian counterpart in Vienna for the first time since US President Donald Trump left the pact in May, but diplomats see limited scope for salvaging it.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Friday that the ministerial meeting of the remaining parties to the global 2015 nuclear deal was "constructive".

Rouhani was quoted by state media and on his website after calls with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel as having told them he was disappointed with their package which did not go far enough.

The meeting was chaired by EU High Representative Federica Mogherini and attended at the ministerial level by China, France, Germany, Russia, Britain and Iran.

The United States has said that it will re-impose sanction on Iranian oil exports November 4.

Iran has proved that its nuclear activities have always been peaceful, Rouhani said, referring to the IAEA reports issued following the signing of the 2015 landmark nuclear deal, known officially as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

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Foreign ministers from the five remaining signatories will discuss the European proposal with Iranian officials in Vienna on Friday.

Friday's statement lists key fields to support Iran to secure its economic interests, including "the maintenance and promotion of wider economic and sectoral relations with Iran; the preservation and maintenance of effective financial channels with Iran; the continuation of Iran's export of oil and gas condensate, petroleum products and petrochemicals; the continuation of sea (including shipping and insurance), land, air and rail transportation relations", manly to shield the country's backbone of the economic sector from US sanctions.

The EU, once Iran's biggest oil importer, has vowed to keep the 2015 nuclear deal alive without the United States by trying to keep oil and investment flowing.

Since Trump s announcement, Iran s rial currency has fallen, prices have risen and the country has been hit by street protests and strikes. "We expect a clear action plan from Europe with a timetable so it can compensate for the USA exit from the deal".

Trump in May slammed the nuclear accord signed under his predecessor Barack Obama as "horrible" and "defective at its core", earning applause from Iran's regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Israel.

The new round of diplomacy has been clouded after security services said they had foiled an alleged plot to bomb a Paris rally by an exiled Iranian opposition group, the People's Mujahedeen of Iran.

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