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Cairo: US Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday said the nuclear deal reached between Iran and the world powers would make Egypt and the region “safer than they otherwise would be”.

“We are completely grateful for Egypt’s support in the Iranian nuclear deal,” Xinhua quoted Kerry as saying at a press conference in Cairo.

“Iran is part of the instability in several countries in the region and the nuclear programme should be peaceful so we can discuss the future of security in the region.”

“But there is a fact, that if Iran is a problem, the nuclear weapons disarmament will improve security in the region,” he said, adding that Iran has chosen to abide by the deal.

Kerry will travel to Doha later on Sunday to meet his counterparts from the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states.

He said that in case of Iranian violation of the deal, all choices will open in the future.

Experts said Kerry’s trip, which ends on August 8, came to assure the region, the Gulf countries in particular, over the expansion of the Iranian influence after the nuclear deal was signed on July 14.

On US-Egyptian ties, Kerry said the two countries were returning to a “stronger base” in their relationship despite tensions and concerns over human rights and democracy.

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri said at the joint news conference that his country has “no major disagreements with the United States but there are differences in points of view over some issues, which is natural”.

“During the dialogue, we discussed our shared interests in issues related to democracy and human rights, and I affirmed Egypt’s commitment to paying attention to these issues as they fulfill the aspirations of the Egyptian people,” Shukri said.

Kerry’s visit comes days after the US released its first delivery of F-16 warplanes to Egypt.

“The American people are committed to the security and economic well-being of the Egyptian people,” Kerry said.

(IANS)

 

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“Voluntary Commitments” To The Six-Nation Nuclear Deal: Iran

Despite the havoc on the Iranian economy, U.N. officials have certified Tehran's compliance with the nuclear deal.

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In this photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a ceremony commemorating "National Day of Nuclear Technology," in Tehran, Iran, April 9, 2019. VOA

Iran is giving up some “voluntary commitments” to the six-nation nuclear deal, but is not pulling out of the deal, Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif says.

Iranian state media quote Zarif as saying Iran is making the move because “the European Union and others … did not have the power to resist U.S. pressure.”

Zarif did not specify what he means.

But a newspaper tied to the hardline Revolutionary Guard says Wednesday’s announcement would “ignite the matchstick for burning the deal.”

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The U.S. announced last week it would no longer waive sanctions against countries that buy Iranian oil — another blow to Iran. VOA

President Hassan Rouhani will send letters to Britain, China, France, Germany, and Russia outlining exactly which parts of the deal he is abandoning.

Breaches Nuclear Deal, French Official Says

He also plans to make a speech Wednesday.

His remarks will come exactly one year after President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the agreement, calling it one of the worst deals ever put together.

A French official cautions Iran against making any moves that would compel Europe and others to reimpose sanctions.

“Depending on what is in the statement from Tehran, at this stage what we’re expecting is a collective European reaction. But as we do not yet know exactly what will be in it, we are preparing for different eventualities,” the official said Tuesday.

The U.S. reimposed sanctions on Iran when Trump tore up the deal. The sanctions have had a devastating effect on what was already a weak Iranian economy. The sanctions relief from the five other signatories has brought little help.

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Iranian state media quote Zarif as saying Iran is making the move because “the European Union and others … did not have the power to resist U.S. pressure.” VOA

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Despite the havoc on the Iranian economy, U.N. officials have certified Tehran’s compliance with the nuclear deal.

But Iranian newspapers have reported the country could revive some of the nuclear activities it halted under the agreement. (VOA)