Iran nuclear deal 'in intensive care' as signatories meet in Vienna

Lucy Bush
May 26, 2018

Iran wants European powers to give it a package of economic measures by the end of the month to compensate for the USA withdrawal from their 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers, a senior Iranian official said on Friday.

The negotiations in Vienna were called by Iran and included representatives from Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China and the European Union.

"We expect the (economic) package to be given to us by the end of May", the official noted, according to Reuters. "When we see that the [2015 nuclear deal] was useless, one way forward is to restart those halted activities". "Khamenei is now doubling down on that charge", he said, referring to the deal's official name, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Since President Donald Trump pulled the USA out last month, European states have been trying to find a way to ensure Iran still gets the economic benefits to persuade it to stay in the deal.

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Trump made it clear on Thursday, however, that the summit could still happen despite the saber-rattling between the two leaders. Mr Trump later denied the USA would follow the " Libyan model " if an agreement was reached with North Korea.

Also in exchange for Iran continuing to honor the deal, Khamenei said the European nations should guarantee that they will not only continue to buy Iranian oil but will try to block US plans to curb Iranian oil sales through renewed sanctions. But European diplomats involved in the efforts acknowledge uncertainty about whether that would be enough. In return, Iran agreed to curbs on its nuclear program.

Iran has so far benefited less from the accord than it had initially hoped, partly because of remaining USA sanctions that have deterred major Western investors from doing business with Tehran. The accord's demise threatens to lift limits on Tehran's nuclear program, disrupt billions of dollars in planned European investment in Iran, exacerbate transatlantic relations and disrupt oil flows from OPEC's third biggest producer. The deal's proponents say it is crucial to forestalling a nuclear Iran and preventing wider war in the Middle East.

The lead Iranian nuclear negotiator, deputy foreign minister Abbas Araghchi, said after Friday's talks that "the achievement was a united position by all participants" to try to save the deal.

He said Iran was looking for "specific mechanisms and practical solutions" to convince companies to continue doing business with them. Some Western companies have already quit Iran or said they may have to leave because of the new US sanctions.

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Moyes' assistants Alan Irvine , Stuart Pearce and Billy McKinlay have also departed with immediate effect. However, despite keeping West Ham safe, Sullivan said Moyes was only regarded as a short-term fix.

Khamenei suggested Iran will simply ignore the US demands and wait until Trump is eventually replaced with a new USA president. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday threatened Iran with "the strongest sanctions in history" if it did not change its behaviour in the Middle East.

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 official said that if they were unhappy with how things panned out they would seek a ministerial meeting and then decide.

The IAEA is "encouraging (Iran) to go above and beyond the requirements" of the deal in order to boost confidence, the diplomat said, adding that Tehran could for example invite inspectors to sites they had not demanded access to.

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S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 has had a tumultuous development cycle, previously being announced and then later cancelled in 2011 . Ultimately, we will more than likely learn more about the second game straight from the horse's mouth sometime soon.

The International Atomic Energy Agency, which polices the pact, said Thursday that Iran continued to comply with its terms, but could be faster in allowing snap inspections.

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