The European Union's energy chief tried to reassure Iran on Saturday that the bloc remained committed to salvaging a nuclear deal with Tehran despite U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to exit the accord and reimpose sanctions.
The European Commissioner for Energy and Climate, Miguel Arias Canete, delivered the message during a visit to Tehran and also said the 28-nation EU, once the biggest importer of Iranian oil, hoped to boost trade with Iran.
We have sent a message to our Iranian friends that as long as they are sticking to the (nuclear) agreement the Europeans will... fulfill their commitment. And they said the same thing on the other side, Canete told a news conference.
We will try to intensify our flows of trade that have been very positive for the Iranian economy.
Iran's nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi said his country hoped the EU would manage to salvage the 2015 deal, in which Tehran agreed to curb its nuclear program in return for the lifting of most Western sanctions.
We hope their efforts materialize... America's actions... show that it is not a trustworthy country in international dealings, Salehi told the joint news conference in Tehran.
Since Trump's announcement on May 8 about the U.S. exit, European countries have said they will try to keep Iran's oil and investment flowing, but have also admitted they will struggle to provide the guarantees Tehran seeks.
Britain, France and Germany back the deal as the best way of stopping Tehran getting nuclear weapons, but have called on Iran to limit its regional influence and curb the missile program.
Salehi, echoing Iran's official stance, ruled out any possibility of renegotiation the accord. Reuters
Source: Radio Pakistan