IRAN’s Foreign Minister has attacked the Trump administration over new sanctions and called into question whether or not anyone could trust promises made by the administration.
Muhammad Javad Zarif spoke at the MED Dialogues Conference in Rome on Thursday that both Iran and the EU remain committed to preserving the nuclear agreement despite the US withdrawal. However, Mr Zarif said US President Donald Trump could not be trusted with any future talks for any new agreements. The Foreign Minister said: "If we are to make an agreement with the United States, what is the guarantee that the agreement will last after the flight?
Mr Zarif referred to the G7 meeting last June where Trump refused to sign a closing communique once Air Force One had left the summit’s Canadian venue.
He said: "How are we to be confident that the signature stays on the paper?"
Mr Zarif and his Italian counterpart Enzo Moavero Milanesi met in the Italian capital on Thursday so they could determine how to best get around the fresh US sanctions against Tehran.
According to Mr Zarif they discussed "the Iran nuclear deal and the special European mechanism to protect the accord following the US’ unilateral and illegal withdrawal”.
Mr Milanese also reiterated Italy’s, and the other signatories’, commitment to the agreement despite the US’ withdrawal in May.
Since the US’s withdrawal, Trump has reimposed multiple rounds of sanctions against Iran.
Under the nuclear deal, sanctions against Tehran were eased allowing for more foreign business investment and for the Iranian economy to grow.