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Not After Iran Regime Change, Says US, But Vows "Maximum Pressure"

Not After Iran Regime Change, Says US, But Vows

Five world powers and Iran agreed late Monday to establish a financial facility in the European Union to facilitate payments for Iranian imports and exports including oil, a key move sought by Tehran following the USA pullout from the 2015 nuclear deal and its re-imposition of sanctions.

The European Union and Iran, along with Russian Federation and China, said they were determined to "protect the freedom of their economic operators to pursue legitimate business with Iran" in a statement issued after high-level talks at the United Nations.

Iran and the European Union announced their defiance towards US President Donald Trump's administration after high-level talks at the United Nations among the remaining members of the accord.

Mogherini's announcement came after a meeting with foreign ministers from Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China, and Iran on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in NY.

The European Union until now had faced difficulties devising a workable legal framework to shield its companies from USA sanctions that go into effect in November.

The statement added the six countries that signed the 2015 nuclear agreement "reconfirmed their commitment to its full and effective implementation in good faith and in a constructive atmosphere". As Mogherini put it, the more actions the JCPOA parties take to live up to their end of the bargain, the more reasons Iran has to remain in the deal.

The US administration reintroduced the previous sanctions while imposing new ones on the Islamic Republic.

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The nuclear agreement is meant to prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weapons, but Trump announced in May he was unilaterally pulling out because he felt it wasn't strong enough and didn't cover other issues of concern to the United States and its allies, such as Iran's military influence in the Middle East and ballistic missile program.

Meanwhile, Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards also kept up the anti-Washington rhetoric, calling Trump "evil and adventurous" and accusing him of waging economic war on Tehran, Reuters reported.

Asked whether he would meet with Trump similar to what North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un did in June, Rouhani said, "Since past year, the USA president has withdrawn from a very important [nuclear] agreement [with Iran] for no reason and has imposed sanctions and threatened the Iranian people and these measures can not be easily ignored".

Oil truck drivers in Iran have started a new strike demanding improved working conditions, and the industrial action has resulted in large lines forming at gasoline stations in Iran, The Middle East Monitor reports, quoting the Anadolu Agency and local media.

Why do these nations want a deal with Iran?

"I think it reflects the kind of the attitude that the Europeans have had about the decision by President Trump", he told Al Jazeera in an interview from Sydney, Australia. At the same time all external auditors have found that Iran has been complying with the agreement.