Ready to restart nuclear programme: Iran

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Seif, a career banker, became the head of Iran's Central Bank in 2013 under President Hassan Rouhani, who shepherded the nuclear deal.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on a visit to Moscow Monday he was seeking "assurances" from the backers of the country's nuclear deal after the United States pulled out.

Zarif's delicate diplomatic mission was complicated by reports of clashes between Iranian and Israeli forces in Syria on Thursday. Most recently, the US has been concerned about the role that Hezbollah fighters are playing in Syria to help prop up President Bashar Assad.

Speaking to public broadcaster ZDF on Sunday, Altamaier said the government has 90 days to secure an exemption for European Union companies dealing with Iran. Whoever prepares themselves to attack us will be attacked first.

Iran says it will stay in the agreement as long as the European signatories to JCPOA give solid guarantees that Iran's interests would continue to be met in the face of USA sanctions.

A senior Iranian government official told NHK on Friday that the foreign ministers of Iran, France, Britain, and Germany will hold talks in Brussels next Tuesday.

Iran was also seeking information on May 10 about the impact of US sanctions on European businesses. The deal focused on limiting and monitoring Iran's production of nuclear fuel, a key ingredient for producing such weapons.

Protesters burned an American flag and railed against the USA and Israel after emerging from Friday prayers in Tehran.

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"Officials shouldn't trust France and Britain". The port of Dubai owes its prosperity to getting round the USA sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

The Israeli raids had prompted concern that Iran could activate its powerful ally Hezbollah to retaliate from its positions in southern Lebanon, opening up a deadly new front in the conflict.

For global analysts, all eyes are now on Iran's banking sector.

Trump said he wants to impose new conditions on Iran, to address its ballistic missile program, its support for terrorism, the expiration dates and inspection provisions in the agreement.

The Japanese FM on Wednesday had said his country is unhappy with the United States withdrawal from Iran deal and will make efforts to preserve it.

She said: "Boris Johnson will be here in Brussels together with the foreign ministers of Germany and France to work together to preserve a deal we have achieved together - also with Russian Federation and China - and we will save it together".

"For the first time, Iran has the chance to show the world they are not the rogue nation they are always presented as, that they negotiated in good faith and keep to their commitments", said Karim Emile Bitar of the Institute for worldwide and Strategic Studies in Paris. "China in every way values bilateral relations with Iran, and also hopes that Iran will soon be able to overcome present difficulties", he opined.

Igor Delanoe said that Russian Federation had a "real role to play" in Iran's energy and electricity sectors.

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