Iran, world powers to have first nuclear meet since Trump pullout

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani is seen at the airport in Tehran

The US pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal in May and initially said it wanted allies to stop buying Iranian crude entirely.

"We need a balance between our duties and the hypothesis of restrictions ..."

Rouhani is also due to visit Austria, which now holds the six-month presidency of the European Union. "But history will judge other nations based on what they do today", he said.

"Iran will survive this round of US sanctions as it has survived them before. Question is what do we see as our national interest and how we respond to [the pressure], and how do we make our case to the USA", a source said, adding that USA officials have given "informal indications" that they understood India's reasoning for progressing on its Chabahar port and railway project.

"We expect full clarification in connection with this and I thank you, Mr President, for assuring us that you will support this clarification", Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said in a statement to reporters after meeting Rouhani.

In a letter to Rouhani on Wednesday, Major General Soleimani described as "a source of pride" the president's comment that if Iran's oil is not allowed to be exported, then there will be no guarantee that other countries in the region would be able to export theirs.

The nuclear deal has been the cornerstone of Rouhani's policy of greater openness with the West, and the USA departure has seen him severely criticized by ultra-conservatives at home.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, right, leading the Eid al-Fitr prayers at the Imam Khomeini grand mosque in the capital Tehran on June 15, 2018.

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Rouhani has not changed his program over what his foreign minister dismissed as a "false flag ploy" designed as a distraction.

The diplomat, who is based at the embassy in Vienna, was detained in Germany on Saturday.

Belgian authorities identified the diplomat as 46-year-old Assadollah A and said he is suspected of having been in contact with two people arrested in Belgium with 500 grams of the homemade explosive TATP and a detonation device in their auto.

Austria summoned Iran's ambassador over the case on Monday and said it was stripping the arrested Iranian of his diplomatic status.

"How convenient: Just as we embark on a presidential visit to Europe, an alleged Iranian operation and its "plotters" arrested", Zarif tweeted on July 2.

Zarif, who is accompanying Rouhani, will on Friday meet top envoys from the five powers for the first time since Washington's withdrawal.

Iran has also established a significant presence in Syria, fortifying the regime of brutal dictator Bashar Al-Assad and also attempting to amass military assets close to Israel's borders. By funding and arming terror organizations such as Lebanon's Hezbollah and Yemen's Houthis, in addition to the Hamas terror group in the Gaza Strip, Iran wages proxy wars in a number of nations in the region.

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