Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has warned that the only way to stop its nuclear deal from collapsing is for Europe to defy any US reimposition of sanctions. In an interview published Saturday by Britain’s Guardian newspaper, Zarif said Iran would develop much more advanced nuclear technology – though not for weapons purposes – if Europe followed the United States in returning to a sanctions regime. “Europe should lead,” he said during an interview in New York. The deal agreed in 2015 between Iran and six world powers – the United States, China, Russia, France, Britain and Germany – lifts economic sanctions put in place in 2005 in exchange for curbs on Tehran’s nuclear programme. The International Atomic Energy Agency is responsible for verifying that Iran meets the terms of the agreement. US President Donald Trump has attacked the deal on numerous occasions, vowing to tear it up.
On October 15, Trump is due to testify to Congress whether Tehran is complying with the deal and whether it remains in the United States’ interests to stick by it.— AFP