VIENNA: Iran’s remaining partners in the 2015 nuclear deal vowed on Friday to keep the energy exporter plugged into the global economy despite the US withdrawal and sanctions threat.
Tehran’s top diplomat Mohammad Javad Zarif praised them for their “will to resist” US pressure, two months after President Donald Trump walked away from the landmark nuclear accord.
Britain, France and Germany along with Russia and China met with Iran in Vienna to offer economic benefits and assurances that would lessen the blow of sweeping US sanctions announced by Trump.
They said they remained committed to the accord and to building up trade and investment links with Iran, including “the continuation of Iran’s export of oil and gas” and other energy products.
Iranian minister praises UK, France, Germany, Russia and China for will to resist US pressure
“All the members, even the three allies, have committed and have the political will to take action and resist the United States,” Iran’s Foreign Minister Zarif told a Vienna news conference broadcast by the Fars news agency.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had on Tuesday labelled the US push to cut Iran’s oil production to zero “a baseless fantasy” and an attempt to drive “imperialist policy in flagrant violation of international law”.