Iran's supreme leader has threatened to pull his country out of the nuclear deal and resume enriching uranium if European countries do not promise to buy Iranian oil and to oppose all new USA sanctions against Tehran.
Quarterly meetings between Iran and the world powers had been held since the agreement entered into force in January 2016, but Friday's meeting was convened without the US.
In its reaction to Trump's decision, India had said all the parties concerned should engage constructively to resolve the issue peacefully and that Iran's right to peaceful use of nuclear energy must be ensured.
Former and current United Nations and USA nuclear experts focused on the technical aspects of what was a remarkably granular document- to the chagrin of its detractors - insisting that the Iran deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), includes some of the strictest and most intrusive nuclear inspections ever designed. We might see Iran conduct another missile test to see what the USA reaction will be.
After Friday's meeting, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi told reporters discussions would continue.
The talks between senior officials aimed at fleshing out the package of measures to keep oil and investments flowing. It's an old law from 1996 that would prohibit European companies from complying with USA sanctions on Iran.
The U.N. atomic watchdog policing the pact said on Thursday Iran continued to comply with the terms of the deal, but could be faster and more proactive in allowing snap inspections.
Although not optimistic, the senior official said that Iran expects oil exports to remain the same as well as the SWIFT global payments messaging system.
"The next step is to find guarantees for that package", he said, adding that Iran needed specifics on how that would happen by the end of May.
"During the 40 years after the victory of the Islamic Revolution we did not initiate any aggression on any country and we are not looking for a territorial expansion", the Iranian top security official noted. Even American sanctions alone and the ripples from them can injure Tehran and Pyongyang.
Three days after USA secretary of state Mike Pompeo delivered America's extensive list of demands of Iran for a new nuclear agreement, Ayatollah Khamenei laid out his own demands of European countries for Iran to stay in the 2015 deal.
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He said that in theory the deal could survive without the U.S., but acknowledged "in practice I'm not sure".
Vienna:Iran has stayed within the main curbs on its nuclear activity imposed by its deal with major powers despite the USA pullout from the pact, but could be quicker to provide extra access to inspectors, the United Nations atomic watchdog indicated.
Iran called the meeting to declare the U.S.in violation of the deal since President Trump has pulled out of it. NPR's Peter Kenyon reports from Vienna.
Iran has struggled to benefit from the accord so far, partly because of remaining unilateral USA sanctions that have deterred major Western investors from doing business with Tehran.
The world's top oil trader said it will be near impossible to avoid US sanctions on Iran, suggesting Donald Trump's attack on OPEC's third-largest producer may have a bigger impact on the global crude market than many anticipate.
The 2015 deal concluded under the Obama administration dealt only with the nuclear program.
The official also dismissed European attempts to link further talks on nuclear issues to Iran's ballistic missile program and its role in the Middle East.
The ayatollah made five demands, calling on them to "guarantee the total sales of Iran's oil", meaning Europe must promise to make up for any oil sales from third countries which are cancelled because of United States sanctions. The U.S., he says, does not want a deal, it wants a treaty.
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