Rouhani tells Macron Europe's package does not meet Iranian demands

Frederick Owens
July 9, 2018

The Friday meeting in Vienna will convene foreign ministers of Iran, France, Germany, Russia, Britain and China for the first time after the U.S. withdrawal from the agreement.

The foreign companies which do business with Tehran could face sanctions by the United States, making the investors reluctant to follow EU's suggestions to keep their business ties with Tehran.

"In Vienna for JCPOA Ministerial Meeting".

Iran has proved that its nuclear activities have always been peaceful, Rouhani said, referring to the IAEA reports issued following the signing of the 2015 landmark nuclear deal, known officially as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Washington has since told countries they must stop buying the Opec producer's oil from November 4 or face financial consequences.

In calls with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said since the United States withdrawal "Iran has been dealing with economic issues and problems in banking relations and oil" and that foreign companies were "skeptical" about continuing their business, Iran's semi-official Mehr news agency reported.

The foreign ministers' meeting on the Iran nuclear issue on Friday would send a clear signal of solidarity to maintain and implement the Iran nuclear deal reached between Iran and world powers in 2015, according to Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

"We advise businesses that want to keep investing (in Iran), we want to keep payment systems open, and we want to build security through widening the mandate of the European Investment Bank", he said.

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Since Trump s announcement, Iran s rial currency has fallen, prices have risen and the country has been hit by street protests and strikes.

What Iran expects from other signatories to the accord is to consider Iranians' nuclear, political and economic rights addressed in the deal, Zarif told reporters ahead of the meeting.

Iran has suffered worsening financial turbulence since US President Donald Trump abandoned the accord in May.

US-Iran relations have been hostile since the 1979 overthrow of the US-backed shah and US embassy hostage crisis. The demands have been rejected by Iran.

The large rally last Saturday attracted several USA politicians, including former NY mayor Rudy Giuliani, now Trump's personal lawyer.

An Austria-based Iranian diplomat was among four people arrested on suspicion of plotting an attack on an Iranian opposition group in France last week.

Tehran dismissed it is an orchestrated "false flag ploy", created to discredit Iran and overshadow Rouhani s trip to Europe, and Wednesday summoned the French and Belgian ambassadors and the German charge d affaires in protest.

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