“Either what we want from the nuclear deal is guaranteed by the non-American parties, or it is not the case and we will follow our own path”, Rouhani said on the presidency website, without elaborating.
Then it was on to the State Department, for talks with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a former Central Intelligence Agency director and anti-Iran hawk who is expected to back any Trump decision to quit the deal on May 12.
President Donald Trump is set to reveal his decision on whether to keep the U.S.in the Iran deal on Tuesday, a move that could determine the fate of 2015 agreement that froze Iran’s nuclear program.
That framework was closed in 2015 in Vienna under auspices of Democratic President Barack Obama and was later endorsed by France, United Kingdom, Germany, Russia and China. In exchange, Iran received relief from economic sanctions.
Chief among the issues that need to be fixed, Johnson said, is the sunset clause.
As in Berlin, officials in Brussels have been looking at ways of keeping economic ties with Iran intact, to discourage Tehran from taking rash decisions such as leaving the deal in the event of a U.S. withdrawal.
“Iran is behaving badly, Iran has a tendency to develop intercontinental ballistic missiles, we’ve got to stop that”, he told Fox News.
“I’m not telling you what I’m doing”, Trump told reporters at the White House last week.
“We continue to believe that this agreement makes the world safer and without this agreement the world would be less safe”, Maas said at a joint news conference with his visiting French counterpart.
Earlier on Monday the British foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, used an appearance on Fox & Friends to appeal to Trump not to withdraw from the pact. On Sunday, Macron told German publication Der Spiegel that a U.S. Iran Deal exit could ensure chaos, according to the Reuters. “The wisest course would be to improve the handcuffs rather than break them”.
President Trump has threatened to withdraw from the agreement when it comes up for renewal on May 12, demanding his country’s European allies “fix the bad flaws” or he will re-impose sanctions.
There are at least two avenues potentially offering more time for talks after May 12.
The presidents European allies have repeatedly tried to persuade him not to walk away from the accord, arguing that Iran has not violated the terms of the accord. “We have a few days left to see if we can find a way through”, he said. Russian Federation and China certainly won’t rejoin sanctions under these conditions, and our European partners sound very unenthusiastic about reimposing them now, too. Tehran says its missile capabilities are purely defensive and nuclear ambitions only civilian in nature.