News ID: 217918
Published: 0724 GMT July 07, 2018

Rouhani: Realization of Iran-Europe economic cooperation needs practical steps

Rouhani: Realization of Iran-Europe economic cooperation needs practical steps

National Desk

President Hassan Rouhani said that European countries have the political will to continue economic cooperation with Iran based on the nuclear agreement.

However, he said, the realization of this cooperation requires them to take practical steps and make clear executive decisions, which should yield result in a specified time.

Rouhani made the remarks during the fourth session of High Economic Coordination Council on Saturday.

Heads of the Judicial and legislative branches also took part at the session.

Rouhani’s remarks came a day after foreign ministers of Iran, Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia plus EU foreign policy chief held a meeting in Vienna on Friday to review their cooperation after US withdrawal from the nuclear agreement.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Friday all the remaining signatories to the 2015 landmark nuclear agreement have political will to stand up to the United States' move to withdraw from the deal.

The US president announced on May 8 that Washington was walking away from the nuclear agreement and that he plans to reinstate US nuclear sanctions on Iran and impose "the highest level" of economic bans on the Islamic Republic.

Under the deal, Iran undertook to put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions imposed against Tehran.

Zarif pointed to his "very serious and constructive" talks with the remaining parties of the nuclear deal and said, "I believe that there is political will to continue work and save this agreement but we must see what will happen to this issue in practice."

However, he warned that if the European sides fail to properly fulfill their commitments, Iran would take its own measures to counter the US withdrawal from the agreement.

The top Iranian diplomat said the participants at the Vienna meeting agreed to take "good measures" to save the deal.






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