Iran seeks EU guarantees on banking channels

TEHRAN: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urged the remaining signatories to its 2015 nuclear agreement to act to save the pact, although France’s leader called again for broader talks on Tehran’s missile programme and its role in the Middle East region.
In a phone call to French President Emmanuel Macron, Rouhani said Iran wanted the Europeans to give guarantees on banking channels and oil sales as well as in the field of insurance and transportation, according to the state-run Iranian news agency Irna.
“Iran has acted upon all its promises in the nuclear agreement and, with attention to the one-sided withdrawal of America… expects the remaining partners to operate their programmes more quickly and transparently,” Rouhani was quoted as saying.
Rouhani was speaking in the light of US sanctions reimposed by Washington after President Donald Trump in May pulled out of a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.
Macron reiterated France’s commitment to maintaining the accord, a remark aimed at soothing Tehran.
But he repeated his earlier calls for broader discussions with all relevant parties that would include Iran’s nuclear programme after 2025, its ballistics programme and its influence in the wider Middle East region.
“We will do everything so that the talks help avoid a serious crisis in the months ahead,” Macron said in an annual speech to French ambassadors.
The head of the Revolutionary Guards, Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, said that Iran’s enemies would not prevail in a conflict.
“The enemies are strictly avoiding any conflict with Iran because they know that it will not be beneficial for them,” Jafari said, according to Tasnim.
As tension has escalated between Iran and the United States, senior US officials have said they aim to reduce Iran’s oil exports to zero. — Reuters