Iran may change level of cooperation with IAEA

The Iranian President admitted that Tehran could reduce cooperation with the IAEA. But he emphasized that the country would not exit the “nuclear deal” as long as its interests were respected. After the US withdraws from the agreement on the Iranian nuclear program, Iran may reduce the level of cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). On Wednesday, July 4, said President Hassan Rouhani after a meeting with the head of the agency Yukiya Amano in Vienna.

“Tehran’s activities in the nuclear field have always been peaceful, but Iran will determine the level of cooperation with the IAEA. Responsibility for changing the scale of this cooperation will rest with those who created this new situation, ”Rowhani quotes Reuters.

In addition, the head of state said that Iran will remain a member of the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan (JCPOA) on the nuclear program as long as Tehran’s interests are respected. In the event that Iran will not receive benefits from the operation of this agreement after the US withdrawal, the country’s authorities can make “new decisions”. He emphasized that “now the JCPOA members must take reciprocal steps in response to the United States withdrawing from the treaty and compensate for the“ imbalance of obligations ”resulting from Washington’s decision.

US President Donald Trump on May 8 signed a memorandum on the US withdrawal from the JCPOA, which was concluded with Iran, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany in the summer of 2015, during the presidency of Barack Obama. The agreement provides for Tehran to take a number of steps to limit its nuclear program in exchange for lifting international sanctions and unilateral restrictive measures imposed by the US and EU. After that, the Iranian side stated that it agreed to remain in the JCPOA only if the remaining partners, without the United States, could ensure that all obligations under the agreement were fulfilled, in particular, in the economic sphere.

German Foreign Minister wants to convince Iran of the benefits of a nuclear deal

An Iranian diplomat told Reuters that an agreement on Iran’s nuclear program could be saved only if its parties compensate Tehran for the effects of US sanctions. A joint comprehensive action plan (JCPOA) agreed between Iran and six countries is beneficial for the Iranian economy, the Foreign Minister is sure Germany Heiko Mas (Heiko Maas). “Today we want to clarify to Iran that this agreement, as before, brings it economic benefits,” Mas said before a meeting of foreign ministers of the countries participating in the JCPOA and diplomats of several other states, which is being held in Vienna on Friday, July 6.

The EU will not be able to fully compensate Iran for the withdrawal of companies from its market due to US sanctions, but Tehran must understand that its withdrawal from the JCPOA would bring him “even greater losses,” said the German Foreign Minister. He recalled the measures the EU has taken to support Tehran and save a nuclear deal with it – in particular, empowering the European Investment Bank to support European investment in Iran.

“We are looking for an opportunity to maintain payment relations for Iran so that it does not see a reason to withdraw from the agreement,” Mas emphasized. Following the US’s unilateral withdrawal from the JCPOA, “we found ourselves in a difficult situation,” he admitted, while calling the agreement “not an ideal” option, but “better than not having it.”

Iran is ready for any scenario

Meanwhile, a senior Iranian diplomat said in an interview with Reuters that Tehran is ready for any scenario. “In order to save the agreement, other participants must compensate us for the effect of US sanctions,” he said and cautioned against escalating the situation in the Middle East in the event of a complete breakdown of the JCPOA.

U.S. President Donald Trump announced his withdrawal from an agreement concluded in May with Iran, the United States, Russia, China, the United Kingdom, France and Germany in 2015, which provides for Tehran to take a number of steps to limit its nuclear program in exchange for lifting sanctions. Trump accused Iran of aiding terrorism and the desire to continue developing nuclear weapons. After withdrawing from the agreement, the United States expanded sanctions against Tehran, which could affect non-US companies that maintain business relations with Iran.

New York Times announces Trump support for Arab elections

At a minimum, Saudi Arabia and the UAE wanted to support Trump in 2016. An American newspaper reported on secret negotiations between Trump’s son and a representative of two states.The eldest son of Donald Trump met in 2016 with a representative of two Persian Gulf countries who wanted to contribute to the victory of a billionaire in the U.S. presidential election. This was announced on Saturday, May 19, by the New York Times. As follows from the publication, on August 3, 2016, Trump Jr. had a conversation with American-Lebanese businessman George Nader, who represented Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Negotiations took place in the New York Tower “Trump Tower”. They were organized by Eric Prince, the founder of a security company, as well as the spouse of current US Secretary of Education Betsy Devos. During the meeting, which was also attended by Israeli businessman Joel Zamel, Nader allegedly assured Trump Jr. that the Crown Princes of the two countries were ready to support his father. The New York Times writes that this case is the first evidence that in 2016 it was not only Russia that tried to promote Trump before the election.

The New York Times says the company associated with Zamel wanted to support Trump’s campaign headquarters with thousands of fake social media pages. Zamel’s actions also became interested in the special prosecutor Robert Muller, investigating the alleged links of the trump campaign with Russian structures. In the investigation of Mueller, Nader plays an important role, as having close relations with Russia. Trump himself denies all allegations.

U.S. laws prohibit foreigners from supporting any kind of election campaign. The ban applies to both financial and strategic support.

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