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Iran Diplomat Warns European Signatories Of Nuke Deal

Abbas Araghchi (R), political deputy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran, and the Secretary General of the European Union External Action Service (EEAS) Helga Schmid talk as they meet for E3/EU+3 and Iran talks in Vienna. 2018, File photo
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) —

The semi-official Mehr news agency is reporting that Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi has sent a warning to European signatories of the 2015 nuclear deal.

He said on Friday the signatories should not underestimate Iran's will to implement a step-by-step reduction of its commitments to the deal. The report said Araghchi made the remarks in a Thursday meeting in Tehran with Britain's Director General for Political Affairs Richard Moore.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that signatories to the deal have two months to come up with a plan to shield his country — already laboring under economic hardship — from the sanctions imposed by President Donald Trump.

According to Mehr, Moore said the U.K. continues to support the deal and will work to fulfill Iran's demands, including the activation of the financial mechanism designed to bypass U.S. sanctions, known as Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX).