Iran, major powers labor to keep nuclear deal afloat

26 September, 2018, 00:44 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Ali Akbar Velayati a senior advisor to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei

President Trump said later on Tuesday that he has no plans to meet his Iranian counterpart; however, he was open to a possible future meeting with Rouhani.

The US has also accused Iran of promoting global terrorism, which Tehran vehemently denies. "Maybe someday in the future", the president tweeted.

Earlier Ali Akbar Velayati, a top foreign policy adviser to Khamenei, dispelled the notion of Trump meeting his leader. "I am sure he is an absolutely lovely man!"

A senior advisor to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has rejected a United States offer for possible meeting and negotiations with high-ranking Iranian officials.

A second round of U.S. sanctions is expected in November, aimed at putting a stranglehold on Iranian oil exports.

Al Jazeera's Shihab Rattansi, reporting from the United Nations headquarters in NY, said the new entity will act as a "clearing house, a middle man, so to speak, between Europeans and Iranians as they try to do business".

Despite the protests of the European Union, a number of businesses including French energy giant Total and carmakers Peugeot and Renault as well as Germany's Siemens and Daimler have already suspended operations in Iran for fear of triggering USA sanctions.


Mrs Mogherini added that the remaining members of the nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, would also maintain their commitments to support Iran on civilian nuclear energy.

He urged Europe to not be concerned by America, which, he said, was trying to establish its world rule. The parties said the new mechanism was created to facilitate payments related to Iranian exports, including oil.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives for the signing of a trade agreement with South Koreak in NY on September 24, 2018.

"An essential part of the agreement and its implementation regards Iran having the possibility of benefiting from the lifting of sanctions, and this is exactly why we are discussing tonight, operational concrete steps that we can put in place", Mogherini told reporters before the talks at the United Nations.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo repeated the offer on Sunday and also extended it to Khamenei.

As a private citizen, Bolton had advocated supporting Iran's armed opposition, a position reiterated recently by former NY mayor Rudy Giuliani, who serves as Trump's personal lawyer. Haley told ABC's This Week that if Rouhani asked for a meeting "I think the president would strongly consider it".

Known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Iran nuclear deal ended a almost 12-year stand-off between Iran and Western powers in 2015.

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