Germany, Russia reiterate commitment to Iran nuclear deal

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"Iran's interests in important areas and issues relevant to the JCPOA, like oil, gas, and petrochemicals sales, as well as banking relations should be clearly and explicitly defined and guaranteed", reiterated the Iranian president.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will visit Russian Federation in the coming days as part of a diplomatic tour taking in Brussels and Beijing, his spokesman said yesterday.

Rouhani also said the USA unilateral withdrawal from the JCPOA runs contrary to global law.

"I believe it is wrong to unilaterally tear up the agreement, which was agreed on and which was unanimously approved by the UN Security Council", Merkel said.

Merkel and Putin reiterated that Germany and Russian Federation are seeking to preserve the agreement between the remaining parties, according to the statement.

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With the U.S. talking new sanctions, and USA officials ordering European companies to stop doing business with Iran, the European Union is already discussing legislation that would effectively block the United States from enforcing the measure. "Together with the rest of the global community, we will preserve this nuclear deal", Reuters quoted Mogherini as saying. She said the decision was "a cause for concern and regret".

He added that foreign corporations that have invested in Iran should announce their stance to counter the USA withdrawal from the deal. "Let's face it: Europe is still in its infancy with regard to the common foreign policy", Merkel said, but she stressed the need for nations to close ranks against common threats.

French President Emmanuel Macron talks to German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the end of the Charlemagne prize award ceremony on May 10 in Aachen, Germany.

Rouhani said that any new sanctions against the Iranians is against global law and the UN Security Council Resolution 2231.

Europeans fear a collapse of the nuclear deal could raise the risk of deepening conflicts in the Middle East.

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