CAIRO, May 11. /TASS/. In order to preserve the nuclear deal, the European Union should take a firm stance and guarantee that Iran’s legitimate interests are not violated, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in a phone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
"I call on the European Union, in particular France, the United Kingdom and Germany to take a firm stance to secure Iran’s interests within the framework of the concluded agreement," the Iranian president’s office quoted him as saying in a statement.
According to the Iranian leader, among other things this applied to related issues, such as "sales of oil, gas and oil products, as well as banking relations."
"They should be clearly defined and guaranteed," he said, adding that those issues "may contribute to preserving the nuclear deal."
According to an earlier statement by the German Federal Government’s press service, Merkel confirmed that Berlin would remain committed to the deal "as long as Iran continues to fulfill its obligations" under the document. She also spoke in favor of negotiations with Iran to discuss "its ballistic missile program and activities in the region, including in Syria."
US President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that Washington withdrew from the Iranian nuclear deal as it provides Iran with possibilities of creating a nuclear bomb bypassing all currently in force restrictions under the agreement and added that another deal should be signed with Iran.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel issued a joint statement in the wake of the US president’s announcement calling on all the other parties to the JCPOA to stay committed to their obligations under the agreement.
The Iranian government said it would deliver its stance on the issue following consultations with other participants of the deal.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry pointed out that Moscow was disappointed by Washington’s move and said it was a cover for settling political scores with Tehran.