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Rouhani started on Monday his visits to Switzerland and Austria as Iran and the European Union are holding talks on how to save the nuclear deal despite the U.S. pullout. "It only included some general promises like previous European Union statements", Rouhani was quoted as saying by Iran's Tasnim news agency.

Failure to maintain and implement the deal would not only affect the Iran nuclear issue itself but also cause serious negative impacts on the functioning of the non-proliferation regime as well as on the situation in the Middle East, Xinhua quoted Wang as saying. Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the remaining parties (Iran, UK, Russia, China, France and Germany), along with major corporations, have scrambled to keep the framework alive.

"We advise businesses that want to keep investing (in Iran), we want to keep payment systems open, and we want to build security through widening the mandate of the European Investment Bank", he said.

But in a setback on the eve of the talks, Iran s President Hassan Rouhani told French President Emmanuel Macron that European economic measures now on offer did not go far enough.

Their foreign ministers were holding talks in Vienna, where the accord was signed in 2015 with the aim of stopping Iran from building the atomic bomb in return for sanctions relief that promised greater trade and investment for the country.

"They (Iran) must stop threatening to break their commitments to the nuclear deal", Jean-Yves Le Drian said.




Rouhani has urged the European signatories to the JCPOA to take "practical and tangible measures" to protect Iranian interests after the US pullout.

Tehran will decide on the level of its cooperation with the IAEA, if the world fails to save the deal and Iran's interests therein, Rouhani said.

Iran's top diplomat on Friday praised the country's remaining partners in a landmark 2015 nuclear deal for their "will to resist" United States pressure after Washington withdrew from the deal in May.

Iran has suffered worsening financial turbulence since US President Donald Trump abandoned the accord in May.

What Iran expects from other signatories to the accord is to consider Iranians' nuclear, political and economic rights addressed in the deal, Zarif told reporters ahead of the meeting.

He wanted Friday's meeting in Vienna of the foreign affairs ministers of the five countries committed to the agreement (Germany, China, France, United Kingdom and Russia), with their Iranian counterpart, to "enable the fulfilment of all of the Iranian demands for [Iran's] continued cooperation as part of the agreement".


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