Iran official says Europe has 60 days to give nuclear 'guarantees'

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas

"We appreciate the opportunity to meet in Moscow and exchange views on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), around which, to put it bluntly, the crisis situation has developed", Lavrov said while opening the meeting with Zarif.

The Iranian nuclear deal is a result of multilateral efforts contributing to the protection of the global non-proliferation regime, and supporting peace and stability in the Middle East, Wang added.

"As the president said, we are ready for all options".

The Iranian foreign minister will thus have consultations will all parties to the nuclear deal, except for the US.

Mr Zarif's next stop is Moscow and only then will he fly to Brussels, where he will meet Boris Johnson, the foreign secretary, and his French and German counterparts.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has repeatedly confirmed that Tehran has been meeting its nuclear commitments fully.

Trump directed his administration to "immediately begin the process of re-imposing sanctions" related to the deal, a White House statement said.

European signatories have undertaken a flurry of diplomatic activity to try to protect trade deals worth billions.

Iran's Rouhani congratulates Armenian PM on taking office
The Armenian PM repeated his statement that the relations of the two countries must be developed independently from geopolitical factors.

A number of European companies, including Airbus, Siemens and Total, have established operations in Iran since the signing of the deal.

Trump pulled out on May 8, claiming that Iran had violated the "spirit" of the deal by financing militant violence in the Middle East and by continuing to test ballistic missiles.

Fellow signatories to the deal have been quick to denounce Trump's decision.

According to the semi-official ISNA news agency, Iranian Foreign Minister said in Beijing that he will discuss Iran's decision to stay in deal with Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.

Earlier in the week, France, Germany and the United Kingdom expressed "regret and concern" over the US' withdrawal.

"The Europeans have between 45 and 60 days to give the necessary guarantees to safeguard Iranian interests and compensate the damages caused by the USA pullout", Icana.ir said, attributing the remarks to Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi.

Prior to leaving Iran, Zarif published a government statement via Twitter criticising Trump's "extremist administration" for abandoning "an accord recognised as a victory of diplomacy by the worldwide community". They will also discuss overcoming Israeli resistance to Iran's military presence in Syria, TASS reported Monday.

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