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Foreign Ministers Of Russia, Germany Call For Iran Deal To Be Preserved

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his German counterpart Heiko Maas enter a hall during a meeting in Moscow

Israel and its allies have blamed the Iranian Revolutionary Guards for initiating Thursday's exchange by launching missiles into the occupied Golan Heights. No mention was made of the involvement of Iran's military assets in Syria, which have long helped prop up the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

"Iran is making every effort to save the deal through diplomatic means", says Yang Danzhi, the assistant director the Chinese Social Sciences Academy's Regional Security Center.

European political leaders are scrambling to save the deal with Iran in a bid to keep the country's nuclear ambitions in check.

Next week, foreign ministers from Germany, the United Kingdom and France are set to meet to see how they can save the deal and protect their interests.

Calling the accord as an "embarrassment" that was "defective at its core", Trump also warned of severe consequences if Iran resumes its nuclear programme. Furthermore, China maintains close ties with Iran in politics, trade and economic cooperation, he added.

Thousands of demonstrators flooded the streets of Tehran today following morning prayers, rallying against both USA and Israel.

"Officials shouldn't trust France and Britain".

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German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz spoke with his USA counterpart Steve Mnuchin in order to secure an exemption for German firms from the sanctions penalties, according to a report from German newspaper Handelsblatt on Friday.

The Israeli raids had prompted concern that Iran could activate its powerful ally Hezbollah to retaliate from its positions in southern Lebanon, opening up a deadly new front in the conflict.

Valiollah Seif, the governor of the Iranian central bank, was named a "specially designated global terrorist" along with another senior official, Ali Tarzali, who works in the central bank's worldwide division.

On Sunday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington still wants to work with Europe to counter Iran's "malign behaviour" and was working hard to thrash out a more wide-ranging deal with its European partners. "Therefore, our talks would also discuss the issue of how to make it possible to continue trade with Iran", he said.

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), known as the deal on Iran's nuclear program, was signed between Iran and six global mediators (the United Kingdom, Germany, China, Russia, the United States, and France) on July 14, 2015.

They also see a rare chance for Iran to hold the moral high ground.

Russian Federation - which is alone in having close relations with both Iran and Israel - has sought to position itself as a mediator to prevent further escalation.

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