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US sidelined as 5 powers set to give Iran new assurance: West’s media

Tehran, Top diplomats from world powers will meet on Friday in a bid to defend their landmark nuclear deal with Iran from attack by US President Donald Trump, media reports said.

'Foreign ministers from China, France, Germany, Russia and the UK will convene in Vienna for the first time without the US in order 'to ensure the continued implementation' of the accord, which granted Iran a reprieve from sanctions in exchange for limits to its nuclear program, according to a European Union statement on Wednesday, wrote bloomberg on Wednesday.

On May 8, Trump affronted the UN, the EU, China, Russia, and even the US, his own country, to abandon the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), for which they had negotiated for years, and re-imposed sanctions against countries and companies doing business with Iran. The deal is the peak of diplomacy and dialog to solve international issues.

'Austria and the European Union are ready to maintain and deepen the framework for cooperation with Iran, Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen said following a meeting in the Austrian capital with his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani.

Standing next to Van der Bellen, Rouhani said on Wednesday, We won't leave the JCPOA as long as we can profit from the accord.'

The Iranian president was on a two-day tour of Austria and Switzerland, the two neutral countries in the heart of Europe where the nuclear deal was negotiated.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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