Ayatollah Khamenei sets seven conditions for Europe to save nuclear deal

Iran asks Europe what it can offer to keep it in the nuclear deal after U.S. pullout

But Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei earlier in the day strongly rejected the USA demands and said the three European countries that signed the 2015 nuclear agreement should refuse to negotiate with Washington on a new deal.

He called on them to "guarantee the total sales of Iran's oil", meaning that Europe must promise to make up for any oil sales from third countries which are cancelled because of United States sanctions. "When we see that the [2015 nuclear deal] was useless, one way forward is to restart those halted activities".

"We were always told there is a Plan B", the official said.

The Russian president Vladimir Putin said that not all is lost yet regarding the 5+1 Iran nuclear deal after USA withdrawal.

Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei responded by ridiculing US demands he said are doomed to fail.

The IAEA, however, is "encouraging (Iran) to go above and beyond the requirements" of the deal in order to boost confidence, said a senior diplomat in Vienna, where the IAEA is based.

An official report Thursday declared that Iran is still in compliance with the stringent controls on its nuclear program.

Iran has so far benefited less from the accord than it had initially hoped, partly because of remaining US sanctions that have deterred major Western investors from doing business with Tehran.

In all, Khamenei's statement laid down seven conditions for Iran to continue adhering to the nuclear deal.




In his first major foreign policy address since moving to the State Department from the CIA, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington would increase the financial pressure on Iran by imposing the "strongest sanctions in history" on the Islamic Republic if Tehran refused to change the course of its foreign and domestic policy.

The ayatollah made five demands of the European countries.

Highlighting how hard it will be, the U.S. Treasury announced Thursday more sanctions on several Iranian and Turkish companies and a number of aircraft in a move targeting four Iranian airlines.

He warned that if the Europeans do not meet these demands, Iran would resume its enrichment of uranium, which was shelved under the deal to minimize the risk of Tehran developing nuclear weapons. Some Western companies have already quit Iran or said they may have to leave because of the new USA sanctions.

Trump denounced the accord, completed under his predecessor, Barack Obama, because it did not cover Iran's ballistic missile program, its role in Middle East conflicts or what happens after the deal begins to expire in 2025.

France's President Emmanuel Macron wants to complement the nuclear deal with negotiations between over other issues, an idea cautiously received by Russian President Vladimir Putin during talks in St Petersburg on Thursday.

Talks with European powers on an economic package aimed at salvaging the Iran nuclear deal will continue after a round of discussions that took place in Vienna on Friday, Iran's deputy foreign minister said. They have said that as long as Tehran meets its commitments, they will stick to the deal.

The UN atomic watchdog policing the nuclear accord said on Thursday that Iran is still complying with the terms of the deal despite the USA withdrawal, but that it could be faster and more proactive in allowing snap inspections. The IAEA's director general, Yukiya Amano, briefed participants before Friday's meeting.

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