Iran announces talks with remaining signatories to nuclear deal

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

"China is always opposed to unilateral sanctions and long-arm jurisdiction", Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told reporters when asked about cooperating with Washington, adding that "China and Iran are friendly countries".

They believe it's unfair that ordinary Iranians, who have been affected by Trump's travel ban - recently upheld in Supreme Court - while 'children of the regime officials live and work in the U.S'.

The claim was recently made by Hojjat al-Islam Mojtaba Zolnour, chairman of Iran's parliamentary nuclear committee and a member of its national security and foreign affairs committee.

Heading a high-ranking politico-economic delegation, Rouhani first headed to Bern on the first leg of his tour at the invitation of his Swiss counterpart, Alain Berset.

Zonnour told the reformist Iranian daily Etemaad: "When Mr Obama, during the JCPOA negotiations, chose to do a favour to these men [Rouhani and his aides], he granted citizenships to 2,500 Iranians and some officials competed with each other over whose children could be part of these 2,500 people".

Coming from the president of the United States, this could lead to real consequences for Iranians living in the United States or those perceived to be Iranian. The U.S. has accused Iran of supporting militant groups overseas and of threatening regional stability by developing ballistic missiles.

During his trip to Switzerland, the Iranian president said: "It would be meaningless that Iran cannot export its oil while others in the region can".

Department for Homeland Security figures show that 13,114 Iranians received green cards in 2015, while another 10,344 were naturalized that same year.

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Then on Friday in the Austrian capital, Iran's foreign minister will meet the top envoys from the five powers still party to the JCPOA - Britain, China, France, Germany and Russian Federation - according to Iranian state media. The U.S. accuses Iran of violating the accord's spirit through destabilizing activities the Middle East. The Iranian regime has vowed to eliminate Israel.

"The country has been beset by a series of economic protests in recent days, as the country's currency, the rial, crashes", Irvine noted. "That is why many Iranians on social media have been urging the US government to deport the children of the regime officials". "Since the US withdrew from the Iranian nuclear deal on May 8, the value of the rial has plunged to 90,000 against the dollar - double the government rate of 42,000 rials to the dollar".

And with the Iran nuke deal going under, Iran is blaming the US for its financial woes.

The announcement came with President Hassan Rouhani in Europe to rally support for the deal. But it is based on the unsubstantiated comments of one conservative Iranian cleric, trying to bash the more moderate President Hassan Rouhani and his administration.

But so far it has proven hard to offset the impact of continued USA sanctions, with European firms reluctant to risk far-reaching US financial penalties to do business in Iran.

Addressing a joint economic forum in the presence of his Swiss counterpart, the Iranian president said Tehran has never carried out any measure against any country and would remain committed to worldwide regulations, including the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and boost cooperation with the global Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

When Obama was negotiating the Iran deal he chose to get on the good side of certain people. "I think they did so because they were desperate to get a deal".

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