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Zarif says JCPOA survival depends on EU

Zarif says JCPOA survival depends on EU

"Considering the fact that the European Union member states have made the most requests that after America's withdrawal it wants to stay in the JCPOA, we should see how these countries ensure that the interests of Iran will be guaranteed despite America's pullout", he stated.

Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif sought further talks after failing to win any concrete assurance to help tackle the US threat of economic sanctions over its nuclear program.

Iran's president Hassan Rouhani has assigned his foreign minister to review the future of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), through direct talks with his British, Chinese, French, German and Russian counterparts. "We believe that today China is on our side", he said.

China was closely involved in negotiating the agreement as one of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and has always been a close Iranian economic partner, buying about a third of Iran's oil shipments.

Before leaving, Zarif published a government statement on his Twitter page, slamming the "extremist administration" of Trump for abandoning "an accord recognised as a victory of diplomacy by the worldwide community". Trump called the deal unfair and doubted that it would limit the nuclear ambitions of Tehran.

Trump hit back Saturday evening, tweeting that the accord had failed to contain Iran's militarism.

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Meanwhile, European diplomats in Tehran fumed that Trump's decision to withdraw from the deal could undermine years of patient work to restore commercial and diplomatic ties with the Islamic Republic.

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Trump directed his administration to "immediately begin the process of re-imposing sanctions" related to the deal, a White House statement said.

In a bid to meet the officials of the five signatory states of the JCPOA who has vowed to stay in the agreement after USA withdrawal, Iranian foreign minister a three stop tour from Beijing and he will finally wrap up his negotiations in Brussels.

The challenge for Rouhani is to maintain his diplomatic efforts in the face of mounting challenges at home, where Iranians were already suffering high unemployment and inflation before Trump's decision.

Washington's five other partners in the deal have already taken turns to denounce Trump's attack on the multilateral Iran deal, vowing that they would stick to their commitments under the accord despite the United States withdrawal.