The Hill: EU tells Iran it will stick by nuclear deal despite US withdrawal19 May 2018 | 18:30 | FOCUS News Agency
“We have sent a message to our Iranian friends that as long as they are sticking to the (nuclear) agreement the Europeans will... fulfill their commitment. And they said the same thing on the other side,” the European Commissioner for Energy and Climate, Miguel Arias Canete, said at a news conference, according to Reuters.
The EU, once the largest buyer of Iranian oil, also hopes to increase trade with Iran, Canete said.
“We will try to intensify our flows of trade that have been very positive for the Iranian economy,” he said.
President Trump announced earlier this month that the U.S. would withdraw from the Obama-era deal, which sought to curb Iran's nuclear capabilities in exchange for lifting sanctions placed.
Iran’s nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi said Tehran hoped that the EU would rescue the deal after Trump decided to withdraw from the agreement.
"We hope their efforts materialize," Salehi said at a news conference, according to Reuters. "America’s actions ... show that it is not a trustworthy country in international dealings."
Salahi has said that if the European nations fail to salvage the deal, Iran could pursue a number of options, including resuming their 20 percent uranium enrichment, Reuters reported.
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