European countries are in "no position" to criticise Iran, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Sunday ahead of a visit by his German counterpart Heiko Maas. The nuclear deal saw Iran agree to limit its enrichment of uranium in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions.
Iran has rejected France's call for broader worldwide talks on its nuclear program and military ambitions, yesterday announcing that it will discuss only the 2015 agreement with global powers.
"Between Japan and the United States, there should be close collaboration so that this tension surrounding Iran should be mitigated and alleviated, and it shouldn't culminate in armed conflict", Abe said in a May news conference with Trump in Tokyo, according to AP.
"Tehran will cooperate with European Union signatories of the deal to save it", Zarif said.
He directly blamed President Donald Trump for the ongoing tensions between Washington and Tehran. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas also will visit Tehran as well this week.
However, Iran's Foreign Ministry rejected Macron's remarks, declaring Iran's refusal to discuss any issue other than the 2015 agreement, from which US President Donald Trump withdrew past year as part of an effort to tighten restrictions on Tehran.
Iran is preparing for a week of high-stakes diplomacy capped by the first visit of a Japanese prime minister to Tehran since its 1979 revolution. "And I think we'll make a deal".
In an effort to protect at least some of Iran's economy and keep alive the big-power nuclear deal that Washington is about to quit France, Britain and Germany have set up Instex, in the form of a special-purpose vehicle.
"However, we think that this should take place as part of a dialogue", he said, adding he did not think the United States strategy of "maximum pressure" and threats were helpful.
The UN atomic watchdog's chief Yukiya Amano expressed concern about rising tensions over Iran's nuclear programme, calling on Monday for dialogue to ease them. In Abu Dhabi, he said it was important to stop any military confrontation in the Gulf.
Last month, Iran scaled back some commitments under the 2015 deal and warned that in 60 days it would resume refining uranium to a higher fissile degree than that permitted by the accord if Europe failed to shield its trade from U.S. sanctions.
But Mr Trump has stressed that he wants to talk with Iran's rulers. "(Then) reduce ballistic activity and contain Iran regionally".
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