Iran Calls for Clarity Over Nuclear Deal After Talks With China

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"I hope and believe that these visits to multiple countries will improve countries', including China's, understanding of Iran's position", Wang said.

Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif sought further talks after failing to win any concrete assurance to help tackle the US threat of economic sanctions over its nuclear program.

Speaking on Sunday in Beijing, Mohammad Javad Zarif underlined Tehran's readiness "for all options" but expressed optimism that this round of negotiations could save the 2015 deal. On May 13, he visited China, and after the talks with Lavrov he will travel to Brussels where he will meet with EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini and top German, French and British diplomats.

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

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". The exacerbation of relations between Israel and Iran over Syria has sparked Moscow's concern, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

"We are waiting now for how the decision-makers in the European Union will react".

It reiterated that Iran was preparing to resume "industrial-scale" uranium enrichment "without any restrictions" unless Europe provided solid guarantees that it could maintain trade ties despite renewed United States sanctions.

The other signees had urged Washington to remain in the deal.

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

"China, of course, the first economic partner of Iran".

Meanwhile, European diplomats in Tehran fumed that Trump's decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal could undermine years of patient work to restore commercial and diplomatic ties with the Islamic Republic.

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

Lavrov and Zarif have other issues to discuss as well, primarily the situation in Syria, which deteriorated in the wake of Washington's decision to withdraw from the JCPOA.

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