Signatories of the Iran nuclear deal are meeting in Vienna on Friday in a bid to save the agreement , as Iran warned the deal had been put “in intensive care ” by Washington ’s dramatic withdrawal earlier this month.
For the first time since the accord came into force in 2015 , China , Russia, France , Britain and Germany will gather at Iran ’s request without the United States , which pulled out on May 8 .
US President Donald Trump has long trashed the deal with Iran concluded under his predecessor Barack Obama saying it did not do enough to curtail Tehran’ s nuclear ambitions .
He also said it did not go far enough in restricting Iran ’s ballistic missile programme, or its intervention in regional conflicts from Yemen to Iraq and Syria.
A senior Iranian official rejected any attempt to link the deal, known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action ( JCPOA ) to other such issues , saying it would mean “we lose JCPOA and we ( would ) make the other issues even more complicated to resolve” , adding that it was pointless for the Europeans to try to “appease ” Trump .
“We have now a deal which is in the intensive care unit , it’s dying,” he said .