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The UK PM Theresa May told the Iranian president on Sunday, Britain and its European partners remain committed to ensuring the nuclear deal with Iran is upheld and Tehran must continue to meet its obligations under the pact, Reuters reports.

Stressing that the nuclear deal proved to the world that Iran is a peace-seeking country, Mr. Rouhani added, "today, we see that the 5 [signatory] countries from Europe and the worldwide community emphasize the implementation of this agreement and insist on its continuation".

Mr Rouhani made similarly conciliatory comments on Tuesday, and yesterday his foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, embarked on a tour of other signatory nations to the accord, state media reported, in a last-ditch effort to save it.

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi said he believed Mr Zarif's tour would "improve countries. understanding of Iran's position" and help Tehran protect its "legitimate national interests".

The president of Iran continues to float the possibility of maintaining the general framework of the 2015 nuclear deal, notwithstanding the US' departure from it.

Britain, China, France, Russia and Germany still remain in the deal, and have announced their intentions to do everything possible to keep it alive.

On Sunday, the head of the Assembly of Experts, a group of clerics responsible for choosing Iran's supreme leader, said Rouhani should apologize for not having obtained guarantees from world powers for the agreement.

European allies like French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and British Prime Minister Theresa May have been heavily critical of Trump's decision to pull out of the agreement and have said that the USA leaving the deal does not mean their respective countries would do so.

On Wednesday, Jafari cast doubt on European nations' ability to save the accord. Trump now plans to introduce fresh sanctions against Iran, which will have a negative impact on United Kingdom businesses operating in the country.


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