Iran nuclear deal ‘in intensive care’ as signatories meet in Vienna

Global community agree on saving JCPOA Iran

Elsewhere in his remarks, the Leader said, "Iran does not seek confrontation with the three European countries, however, we do not trust them based on their record".

"If the Europeans hesitate in responding to our demands, Iran is entitled to resuming its nuclear activities", he said in a statement.

In a statement after the talks, Helga Schmid, the European Union representative who chaired the meeting, said parties to the deal discussed "practical solutions" to ensure, among others, the continued sale of Iran's oil and gas, protection of businesses investing in Iran, as well as effective banking transactions and transport links.

Secretary Pompeo warned Iran to agree to these demands, otherwise, the US will impose tough economic sanctions. But that has proven hard, with European companies frightened away by USA sanctions.

"We expect the (economic) package to be given to us by the end of May".

The United States and European countries are "a long way from a compromise" on a new Iran nuclear deal, Germany's top diplomat said, as Iran's supreme leader called on European countries to reject US demands for a tougher deal with Iran.

President Donald Trump's May 8 order to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, and reimpose USA sanctions has cast doubt over whether the deal can still work.

The ayatollah may have staked out a deliberately demanding position to give more room for the Iranian foreign minister, Javad Zarif, to appear conciliatory in his own meetings with the Europeans to try to save the nuclear agreement. "The Plan B has just started to be figured out".

Global community agree on saving JCPOA Iran
Iran nuclear deal ‘in intensive care’ as signatories meet in Vienna

The Iranian diplomat added, the Islamic Republic needs a guarantee it will be able to continue to sell its oil on world markets, have global banking access and broad trade protections.

"We are working on a variety of measures to mitigate consequences of the U.S. withdrawal", the official, who did not want to be named, said while cautioning that "there are things that will take more time".

"We do not resume [uranium] enrichment at 20 percent purity now, however, you should be ready to resume activities which were restricted under the JCPOA if the JCPOA is no more useful", he said.

Recent revelations of a covert Iranian facility created to develop long-range intercontinental ballistic missiles that can be fitted with nuclear warheads will only complicate matters for Tehran as it scrambles for a European lifeline, Shahbandar said.

Some Western companies have already quit Iran or said they may have to leave because of US sanctions. While IAEA inspectors have reported Iran has kept below key nuclear limits imposed by the accord, Tehran's government insists remaining parties step up economic relief if they want those caps to hold.

French President Emmanuel Macron wants to complement the nuclear deal with negotiations involving all sides over other issues, an idea cautiously received by Russian President Vladimir Putin during talks in St. Petersburg on Thursday.

The International Atomic Energy Agency, which polices the pact, said on Thursday that Iran continued to comply with its terms, but could be faster in allowing snap inspections. Its chief, Yukiya Amano, briefed participants before Friday's meeting.

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