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Iran organising nuclear deal meet this week in Vienna, seeking pledge from remaining members

US President Donald Trump last week pulled Washington out of the deal [Getty]

Date of publication: 20 May, 2018

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Iran will hold a meeting next Friday in the Austrian capital Vienna to discuss the future of the nuclear deal, Iran's foreign ministry spokesman told The New Arab's Arabic-language service.

Iran will hold a meeting next Friday in the Austrian capital Vienna to discuss the future of the nuclear deal, Iran's foreign ministry spokesman told  The New Arab's Arabic-language service.

Bahram Qassimi said on Sunday that the meeting with the remaining members of the landmark 2015 agreement has been organised at the request of Tehran.

"The Vienna meeting will only discuss issues related to the nuclear deal," Qassemi said.

"What Iran wants at the moment is a clear pledge from the rest of the parties that they will abide by the terms of the deal that were previously agreed on," he added.

The spokesman denied reports that diplomats from China, Europe and Russia have proposed offering Iran financial aid to curb its ballistic missile programme.

US President Donald Trump last week pulled Washington out of the deal with Iran to curb its nuclear programme in return for easing sanctions.

European leaders have made firm vows to maintain the deal.

Iran has said it will wait to see whether Europe produces tangible results in overcoming US sanctions before it decides whether to stay in the nuclear deal.

Iran's foreign minister said on Saturday that the European Union was failing to do enough to preserve the benefits for Iran in the pact.

"The announcement of the possible withdrawal by major European companies from their cooperation with Iran is not consistent with the EU's commitment to implementing [the deal]," Zarif told state news agency IRNA.

Several companies - including France's Total and Holland's Maersk - have said it will be impossible to continue conducting business with Iran unless they receive explicit exemptions from Washington.

Iran has threatened to resume industrial uranium enrichment "without limit" unless its interests are preserved by the remaining parties to the deal, which also include China and Russia.

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