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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says French President Emmanuel Macron’s offers to save the Iran nuclear deal are in the right direction, but more work need to be done.
Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto has expressed Helsinki’s support for a special trade mechanism, known as INSTEX, which is to facilitate trade with Tehran amid the US sanctions.
The Iranian foreign minister says the country will go ahead with implementing the third phase of scaling back its commitments under the Iran nuclear deal.
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani says the more time passes, the more difficult it will be for Tehran and Europe to roll back to the point before Iran began scaling down its commitment under the Iran nuclear deal.
Iran says the deployment of a European naval mission to the Persian Gulf would convey a “hostile message” and would fuel regional tensions.
Iranian netizens have been outraged by a controversial world map used by EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini as the background image of her Twitter account, which portrays a distorted and disintegrated map of Iran.
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi says it is unrealistic to expect Iran to reverse its decision to reduce its nuclear commitments unless the European parties help Iran reap the benefits of the sanctions removal.
The European Union’s Foreign Affairs Council is holding its last meeting before the summer break, and “the longest one in five years”, with a key focus on the issue of saving the Iran nuclear deal.