Russia, Germany speak about preserving Iranian nuclear deal


France's foreign minister on Thursday condemned the United States for re-imposing sanctions against foreign companies trading with Iran, labelling the move "unacceptable" in comments that expose the deepening rift between Washington and its European allies on the issue.

President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the deal on Tuesday, saying it was deeply flawed, a stance at odds with major USA allies and Russian Federation and China.

U.S. President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the United States will withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal, and impose "the highest level" of economic sanctions on Tehran, triggering global outcry. The accord stipulates the gradual lifting of anti-Iranian sanctions in exchange for Tehran curbing its nuclear program and allowing inspections to ensure that the nature of the program is peaceful.

"Without doubt we will make sure firstly that this does not destroy the JCPOA".

Following an order by President Hassan Rouhani, FM Zarif will start his intensive visits on Sunday with the aim of investigating the possibility of continuing the implementation of JCPOA provided that the Iranian nation's interests are guaranteed, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said.

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Russian Federation will remain a party to the worldwide agreement on Iran's nuclear program.

"It is important to learn about the rules concerning the so called secondary effects, that is, what does it mean for a European company's America business if it continues to do business with Iran", Maas said.

"Iran continues to signal that it's open for talks".

Iranian forces in Syria fired rockets at Israeli army bases in the Golan Heights early on Thursday, Israel said, prompting one of the heaviest Israeli barrages against Syria since the conflict there began in 2011.

The leaders of France, Germany and the United Kingdom have also expressed their regret over the U.S. decision in a joint statement, stressing their countries' commitment to the JCPOA. Israel intercepted some of the Iranian missiles with the aid of the Iron Dome air defense systems while others fell short of striking the targets.