Iran, China agree to maintain nuclear deal

Iran foreign minister to visit Beijing, Moscow for talks on nuclear deal

The trip comes less than a week after President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. was walking away from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) which he described as a awful deal.

Before leaving, Zarif published a government statement on his Twitter page, slamming the "extremist administration" of Trump for abandoning "an accord recognised as a victory of diplomacy by the global community".

Iran has threatened to resume "industrial scale" uranium enrichment "without any restrictions" if it does not get guarantees that the trade ties which have been established with Europe since the deal was signed will be maintained.

China's Foreign Ministry on May 13 said Zarif will "exchange views with relevant parties on the developments of the Iranian nuclear issue".

The Syrian Observatory of Human Rights said Saturday that 11 Iranians were among the pro-regime fighters killed in strikes by Israel, which has vowed to prevent Iran from gaining a military foothold in neighbouring Syria.

Tehran, which has sought to avoid an escalation in regional conflict that could alienate its European partners, has not commented on whether its forces were hit.

After Beijing, the head of the Iranian guardian will visit Moscow and in Brussels.

Traditionally, Iranian officials do not respond to Israeli claims, saying they do not merit an answer.

Khamenei said last week he was highly doubtful that Europe would provide the "real guarantees" needed for Iran to stay in the nuclear deal.

Against withdrawal from the agreement made by the leading European Union countries and Russian Federation. "I think [Iranian President Hassan] Rouhani and [Iraniani Foreign Minister Javad] Zarif need to explain why it's the case that while this agreement was in place Iran continued its march across the Middle East".

All foreign businesses operating in Iran will be required to "wind down" activities or "risk severe consequences", the statement added, in effect threatening billions of dollars worth of business deals.

Media captionAnalysis: What's next for the Iran deal?

"Officials shouldn't trust France and Britain".

Protesters burned an American flag and railed against the U.S. and Israel after emerging from Friday prayers in Tehran.

But analysts said Iran was determined to maintain the moral high ground in the coming weeks.

Mr Zarif said on his first stop, China, that he hoped to secure a "clear future design" for the agreement.

According to him, Araghchi told the commission that if Iran does not receive such guarantees from European leaders it would have to "take the necessary decisions".

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