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>> Iran will remain in its 2015 nuclear deal even without the U.S, but only if its benefits are guaranteed by other signatories.
On a visit to Vienna, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the U.S withdrawal was illegal, and no one would benefit from it. The United States pulled out of a multi national deal in May to lift sanctions against Iran in return for curbs to its nuclear program. Rouhani is in Europe to gather support ahead of a meeting on Friday where Iran's foreign minister will meet with counterparts from the five global powers still party to the deal.
The five, Britain, France, Germany, Russia, and China, have all said they will still support it. Iran has asked them to come up with a new economic package to offset the U.S sanctions and preserve the accord. The group had been working on ministerial meeting in Vienna for weeks. And the date has already slipped several times since preparations began.
European states have been scrambling since May to ensure Iran gets enough economic benefits to persuade it to maintain the nuclear curbs required in the deal. But so far, it's proven difficult to offset the impact of continued U.S sanctions, with European firms reluctant to do business with Iran. On Tuesday, Rahani appeared to threaten to disrupt oil shipments from neighboring countries if Washington presses ahead with it's goal of forcing all countries to stop buying Iranian oil.
While he didn't elaborate on the threat, Iran's revolutionary guards have praised it.