Iranian president attempts to salvage nuclear deal after US' exit

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani

President Hassan Rouhani, the key architect of the 2015 agreement, should "present his apologies to the Iranian people for the damage caused in the cadre of the nuclear deal", Jannati said.

He said the USA withdrawal from the accord on Tuesday was a "violation of morals" and added: 'If the remaining five countries continue to abide by the agreement, Iran will remain in the deal despite the will of America'.

Rouhani's comments arrive amid an effort by his foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, to confer with representatives of other signatories to the deal in an apparent attempt to prevent the deal from completely collapsing under the weight of the US' departure.

Sirisena is expected to hold meetings with Rouhani as well as other Iranian officials including Foreign Minister Zarif.

'She said it is in both the United Kingdom and Iran's national security interests to maintain the deal and welcomed president Rouhani's public commitment to abide by its terms, adding that it is essential that Iran continues to meet its obligations.

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Rouhani affirmed Iran's commitment to curb its nuclear ambitions in the coming years on the basis that Britain, China, France, Germany and Russian Federation - who also signed the accord three years ago - could guarantee that Iran be safeguarded from sanctions against vital areas of its economy, including oil. He added, however, that other Treaty partners - Germany, France, Britain, China and Russian Federation - can still save the agreement and the credibility of global agreements.

The three European states have also recommitted to the agreement, but senior cleric Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami told worshippers at Tehran University on Friday that Europe was not to be trusted.

Rouhani's statement comes just after President Trump elected to withdraw the US from the Obama-era deal and begin re-imposing what he called the "highest level" of economic sanctions on Iran.

The head of the elite Revolutionary Guards also warned against relying on foreign powers to guarantee Iran's interests.

On Wednesday, Mr Jafari had cast doubt on European nations' ability to save the nuclear accord.

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