Iran official says Europe has 60 days to give nuclear 'guarantees'

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On May 8, US President Donald Trump announced Washington's decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal as it, he said, leaves Tehran a possibility to create a nuclear bomb bypassing all the restrictions.

Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has begun a diplomatic tour to seek assurances that signatories to a landmark nuclear deal will back it despite its abandonment by the US.

After Russia, Zarif will be visiting Brussels, the headquarters of the European Union where he will meet its foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, who in turn will meet the foreign ministers of Germany, France and Great Britain to discuss the deal on Tuesday, May 15.

Zarif's worldwide tour to talks to leaders across the globe in the wake of Trump's decision to quit the "flawed" deal on May 8 started with his visit to Beijing where he met his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.

Zarif arrived in Beijing on Sunday for the first stop of his tour, ahead of visiting Moscow and Brussels in the coming days. Iran denies the claims, saying the Israeli strikes were launched on "invented pretexts".

According to Zarif, the objective of his trip is to get guarantees from the other participants of the nuclear deal that the interests of Iran will be protected.

Iran has been in discussions with countries involved in the 2015 agreement in an attempt to save the deal after the United States withdrawal.

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During the call, Rouhani said the USA decision to withdraw from the deal was "unlawful" and "irresponsible".

Shortly after Trump's announcement about the US withdrawal from the JCPOA, President Hassan Rouhani said Tehran would stay in the deal with other signatories if its interests are guaranteed.

"We hope recent events will lead us not to trust in the West and even Europeans", he said Sunday, according to the conservative-linked Fars news agency.

He added if the European powers were unable to make guarantees, "we must choose the path of self-sufficiency and nuclear industry with our own capabilities".

A photo on the official Instagram site of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei showed him reading a Farsi translation of Michael Wolff's blistering account of the Trump White House, "Fire and Fury", quickly picking up more than 100,000 likes.

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