Iran wary as EU presents measures to save nuclear deal

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TEHRAN:Iran said Saturday it would wait to see whether Europe produces tangible results in overcoming US sanctions before deciding whether to stay in the nuclear deal, as a top EU official visited Tehran to present plans to maintain trade ties. “The ball is in the court of the EU. They have presented different proposals, we will see if they materialise,” Iran’s Atomic Energy Organisation head Ali Akbar Salehi told reporters.
He was speaking after a meeting with EU Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete, the first high-level Western official to visit Iran since the US withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal earlier this month. Canete called the nuclear deal “fundamental for peace in the region” as he outlined EU plans to continue oil and gas purchases and protect European companies, despite renewed US sanctions on Iran that are set to be phased in over the next six months.
“For sure there are clear difficulties with the sanctions,” Canete said at a press conference alongside Salehi. “We will have to ask for waivers, for carve-outs for the companies that make investments.” Salehi acknowledged Europe’s efforts but said: “We want tangible results, otherwise we take our own decisions. I personally don’t want to see such decisions being taken.”– Agencies

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