Russian, Iranian Foreign Ministers to Meet for Gulf, Nuclear Deal Talks

Moscow says next week's meeting to discuss regional issues, including the 2015 nuclear agreement

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Oslo, August 2019; Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavror in Moscow, August 2019.
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif will meet in Moscow on September 2 for talks on the situation in the Gulf region, RIA news agency quoted the Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman as saying on Wednesday.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the ministers will discuss their countries' bilateral relations, as well as exchange views on regional issues including the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

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U.S. President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of an international agreement aimed at curbing Iran’s nuclear program and reimposed sanctions on it.

Trump said on Monday he would meet Iran’s president under the right circumstances to end the confrontation over the nuclear deal, and that talks were underway to see how countries could open credit lines to keep Iran’s economy afloat.

But Trump ruled out lifting economic sanctions to compensate for losses suffered by Iran.

Iranian President Hassan Rohani called on Iranians on Wednesday to unite to overcome an "economic war" waged by the United States, while his government said it would use diplomacy to try to solve the standoff even though it distrusted President Donald Trump. 

"We need to unite to fight against and to win this economic war that America has launched against Iran," Rohani said in a televised speech. 

Iran's government spokesman Ali Rabie said on Wednesday: "Taking into account Donald Trump's personal traits, we don't trust him; however, Iran has never abandoned diplomacy but we are determined to pursue it as an equal (of the United States)," state TV reported. 

Iran describes the U.S. sanctions as "economic warfare" and Rohani said on Tuesday there would be no talks with the United States until all sanctions imposed on Tehran were lifted.