World powers seek to keep Iran in nuclear accord after U.S. pullout

World powers seek to keep Iran in nuclear accord after U.S. pullout

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas admitted that the situation is hard, and the European Union wants to make it clear to Iran that it has economic benefits from that deal, and it's looking for measures to benefit Tehran under the deal. Washington has since told countries they must stop buying the OPEC producer's oil from November, 4 or face financial consequences.

The meeting between Iran, Germany, Britain, France, Russia and China will consider proposals for salvaging the 2015 deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which is meant to prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weapons.

Rouhani had said to a group of Iranians now living in Switzerland on Tuesday that if the United States tried to prevent Iran from exporting its oil, "they do not understand what it means, because it would be totally nonsense that Iran's oil is not exported while at the same time the region's oil is exported".

The Vienna meeting of foreign ministers will discuss the European offer that aims to persuade Iran to stick with the 2015 deal, a European diplomat said without specifying the measures.

"After the withdrawal of the United States, which we can't understand, we face a hard situation", he added, but he stressed that "we want to make clear to Iran that it will still gain economic benefits through this agreement".

The other signatories - Britain, France, Germany, China and Russian Federation - have vowed to stay in the accord but appear powerless to stop their companies pulling out of Iran for fear of U.S. penalties.

Maas told reporters that it's not possible to compensate all the losses of Iran because of the companies leaving Iran out of fear to lose the business with America.

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"We all know that we want to stay in the nuclear deal, and we believe that we should keep talks in a quite atmosphere", she said.

While talks are expected to focus purely on the nuclear deal, they come amid increasing rhetoric from the Trump administration, which argues that Iran poses a serious security threat.

Iran has been committed to its obligations under the deal, he stressed.

Since Trump's announcement, Iran's rial currency has fallen, prices have risen and the country has been hit by street protests and strikes.

Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has vowed that Iran "will never tolerate both suffering from sanctions and nuclear restrictions".

Six people were arrested in Belgium, France and Germany, while the opposition group blamed the Iranian regime for the alleged plot.

Tehran dismissed it is an orchestrated "false flag ploy", created to discredit Iran and overshadow Rouhani s trip to Europe, and Wednesday summoned the French and Belgian ambassadors and the German charge d affaires in protest.

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