Iran demands U.S. alter position on Israel’s nuclear capabilities

In an interview with Euronews, Araqchi said that the nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), can not go shoulder to shoulder with sanctions.

Milanesi also said after the meeting that his country supports the JCPOA in the wake of the USA withdrawal from the multilateral accord.

Iranian Deputy Oil Minister Amir Hossein Zamaninia, himself a former nuclear negotiator, told Euronews it would be "very hard to be optimistic" about the prospect of retaining the deal after the United States chose to reimpose sanctions. "What matters us is the continuity of European firms' presence in Iran, sale of crude oil and depositing of oil incomes in our bank accounts without any problems".

"If the United States government summons the courage to renounce these policies in words and deeds, its global isolation will end", Zarif wrote in the article for the Iran Daily news website, entitled "US foreign policy in crisis".

If Europe and other signatories of JCPOA want to maintain Iran's nuclear deal, they must sacrifice more in this respect.

At Iran's request, delegates from China, Russia, France, Britain, Germany and the European Union gathered on Friday in Austria's capital, Vienna, where they reaffirmed their commitment to the 2015 deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The US withdrew from the deal on May 8, when President Donald Trump refused to renew sanctions waivers on Iran and imposed tough new sanctions instead.

"I cannot say that the prospect is bright and clear that we can have a good package, but we are still waiting and keep hoping that the package could be good enough to stay in the deal".

Kharrazi also said as Iran's first and leading trade partner, Italy is making great efforts to abide by the implementation of the JCPOA.

  • Jon Douglas