Global

Iran official says Europe has 60 days to give nuclear 'guarantees'

Iran official says Europe has 60 days to give nuclear 'guarantees'

Iran said it would remain committed to the deal without Washington if Tehran achieved its goals - namely being protected from sanctions against key sectors of its economy such as oil - in cooperation with other countries that have signed up to the agreement.

Iran has been in discussions with countries involved in the 2015 agreement in an attempt to save the deal after the United States withdrawal.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. still wanted to work with the Europeans on a new deal.

"China and Iran have comprehensive strategic partnership and are trade partners and these relations still continue", he noted.

Mohammad Javad Zarif's tour began two days after unprecedented Israeli strikes in Syria which a monitor said killed at least 11 Iranian fighters, triggering fears of a broader conflict between the two arch-enemies.

Al Jazeera's Zein Basravi, reporting from Tehran, said Zarif's tour was an attempt to "salvage the nuclear deal and keep it on life support".

After meeting his counterpart in Beijing, Mr Zarif said: "We hope that with this visit to China and other countries we will be able to construct a clear future design for the comprehensive agreement".

More news: Super-hot lava threat for Hawaii as Trump declares disaster

Zarif told Wang that maintaining the nuclear deal will serve Iran's interest.

Israel and its allies have blamed Iran's Revolutionary Guards for initiating Thursday's exchange by launching missiles into the occupied Golan Heights.

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.

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. "If the European Union leans towards accommodating the United States, all the progress we have made since 2015 will be lost".

Add that trump intends to immediately impose sanctions against any foreign companies that will do business with Iran.

"We hope recent events will lead us not to trust in the West and even Europeans", he said Sunday, according to the conservative-linked Fars news agency.

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


  • Mariners second baseman leaves game with fractured hand

    Mariners second baseman leaves game with fractured hand

    On the year, Goodrum is now hitting.242/.315/.424, and he owns two homers and five RBI to go along with that less than ideal line. Suzuki shifted into a front office role earlier this month, but he didn't completely rule out playing again.
    Oil touches 3½-year high after USA  quits Iran deal

    Oil touches 3½-year high after USA quits Iran deal

    Global oil prices skyrocketed on Wednesday after Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal . Saudi Arabia said it would work with other producers to lessen the impact of any shortage in oil supplies.
    Fortnite's Infinity Gauntlet Mode Tweaked and Rebalanced

    Fortnite's Infinity Gauntlet Mode Tweaked and Rebalanced

    Avengers: Infinity War sees the superhero clique come together to combat the deadly threat posed by supervillain Thanos . The Infinity Gauntlet will also take longer to spawn, from "bus ride plus 30-45s to bus ride plus 120-135s".
  • Raptors fire coach Dwane Casey

    Raptors fire coach Dwane Casey

    Per the Toronto Sun, "Casey had defended himself on Wednesday amid speculation he would be ousted, saying he was "an easy target". Ujiri said he spent "countless hours" evaluating the team in the days following this year's defeat before deciding to fire Casey.
    Pharma Shares Shrug Off Trump's Drug Pricing Plan

    Pharma Shares Shrug Off Trump's Drug Pricing Plan

    Allow Medicare Part D plans to adjust coverage mid-year if a generic drug made by only one company increases its price. Under the new USFDA commissioner, Scott Gottlieb, USFDA has already been approving products at a record pace.
    Zinedine Zidane: Cristiano Ronaldo will be fit for Champs League final

    Zinedine Zidane: Cristiano Ronaldo will be fit for Champs League final

    You have to be positive. 'Cristiano is the one who will be out longest, as it just happened two days ago. Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane spoke to reporters Tuesday about Cristiano Ronaldo's ankle injury.
  • Uber Unveils Its Drone-Like Flying Taxi Prototype

    Uber Unveils Its Drone-Like Flying Taxi Prototype

    The flying cars will likely be refueled at the thousands of rooftop "skyports" Uber hopes to erect in cities across the U.S. Those skyports will be able to accommodate 200 liftoffs and landings each hour.
    Malaysia's King Agrees To Pardon Jailed Opposition Figure After Mahathir's Election Win

    Malaysia's King Agrees To Pardon Jailed Opposition Figure After Mahathir's Election Win

    The new government would look into clawing back money allegedly looted from sovereign wealth fund 1MDB, he said. But for the opposition, he proved to be the flawless standard-bearer to take on Najib.
    Here's how you can watch the 'Solo' world premiere

    Here's how you can watch the 'Solo' world premiere

    Star Wars Battlefront 2 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC continues to get updates despite its all too fresh loot box controversy . Players will be able to experience Han Solo as both the scoundrel we all know, and as the hero he turned out to be.
  • Warm Weekend Will Spill Into Work Week

    Warm Weekend Will Spill Into Work Week

    Severe thunderstorms are not looking likely, but a few of the storms could produce some hail around parts of the area. Mother's Day on Sunday will be variably cloudy with showers and thunderstorms, so it will be a day to stay inside.
    SpaceX's new Falcon 9 just landed perfectly, and it's a game-changer

    SpaceX's new Falcon 9 just landed perfectly, and it's a game-changer

    Two ground stations for controlling the satellite have already been built at Joydebpur and Betbunia. SpaceX landed the rocket's first stage back on a drone ship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.
    Chris Hughton wary of Anfield thrashing as Brighton visit Liverpool

    Chris Hughton wary of Anfield thrashing as Brighton visit Liverpool

    It's not ideal and as a manager I would prefer him to go home and relax on the sofa or go to bed early. But Jurgen Klopp will be keen for him to be fresh for the Champions League final in two weeks.