Iran lists tough conditions for Europe to save nuclear deal

  • Iran lists tough conditions for Europe to save nuclear deal

Iran lists tough conditions for Europe to save nuclear deal

The speech comes just days after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a steep list of demands to be included in a nuclear treaty to replace the deal scuttled by Trump.

He said Paris shared US concerns over Iran's ballistic missile "frenzy" and regional goals, but the 2015 deal was the best chance of stopping Tehran building a nuclear bomb.

He spoke two weeks after President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal that had lifted sanctions on Iran in exchange for restrictions on its nuclear program.

Khamenei also said that the USA had no excuse to quit the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, adding "you see how easily they can cancel it", according to Iranian state television.

"Europe is very, very united in its position on the nuclear accord with Iran, and that will not change".

Maas said European countries shared US concerns about Iran's continued development of ballistic missiles and its behavior in the Middle East, but believed those issues should be addressed without undermining the nuclear deal.

However, President Donald Trump announced on May 8 that the United States would withdraw from the agreement and threatened new sanctions on the Iranian government. "We don't want a proliferation of nuclear weapons in our expanded neighborhood", Maas said.

Pompeo vowed to levy the "strongest sanctions in history" on Tehran unless it abandons its nuclear program and halts what the USA has criticized as destabilizing activity in the Middle East.

Pompeo tells the House Foreign Affairs Committee that he is planning a meeting in early to mid-June with "a number of partners" including Britain, France and Germany, which were parties to the nuclear deal along with Russian Federation and China. The sanctions would be so strong, he added, that Iran "will be battling to keep its economy alive".

Maas said he expected the coming discussions to be "difficult" but gave no details. But European companies say they are anxious about getting caught up in the new United States sanctions, given the extent of Washington's global reach, and some have already started pulling out.

Maas said he had also discussed the Syrian civil war and the overall situation in the Middle East, as well as trade disputes in his meetings. Iran must also release all US citizens detained in the country.