Iran says EU efforts to save nuclear deal ‘not enough’

TEHRAN: The European Union is not doing enough to preserve the benefits for Iran from the 2015 international nuclear pact following the withdrawal of the United States, Iran’s foreign minister told the EU’s energy chief on Sunday. Miguel Arias Canete, European Commissioner for energy and climate, said Tehran wanted the 28-nation bloc to act fast to preserve its oil trade with Iran, and to consider making direct euro-denominated payments for Iranian oil to Iran’s central bank, bypassing the US financial system. “With the withdrawal of America… the European political support for the accord is not sufficient,” Mohammad Javad Zarif told Arias Canete in Tehran, Iran’s state news agency Irna reported. The EU leaders have pledged to try to keep Iran’s oil trade and investment flowing, but conceded that would not be easy. — Reuters