• Mohammad Javad Zarif tells Guardian ‘Europe should lead’ to keep deal intact
  • Zarif warns US abrogation of nuclear agreement would backfire on Washington

Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, has called on Europe to defy US sanctions if the Trump administration torpedoes the international nuclear agreement with Tehran.

Zarif warned that if Europe followed Washington’s lead, the deal would collapse and Iran would emerge with more advanced nuclear technology than before the agreement was reached in Vienna in 2015. However, he insisted that technology would not be used to make weapons, in line with Tehran’s obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

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If Europe and Japan and Russia and China decided to go along with the US, then I think that will be the end of the deal

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