Austria discusses Iran diplomat case with visiting Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

Rouhani's comments came as he met with top-ranking Austrian officials in Vienna, where the nuclear deal was finalized in 2015, in an effort to preserve the pact after President TrumpDonald John TrumpPruitt put ally in charge of EPA office overseeing key records requests: report Scotland wind farm opposed by Trump generates first power Trump: Supreme Court pick will be a "home run" MORE announced in May that he would abandon it.

"Iran will survive this round of United States sanctions as it has survived them before", he said, describing USA sanctions as a "crime and aggression".

The five other powers have all said they still support the deal despite the USA decision to withdraw. Washington has since told countries they must halt all imports of Iranian oil from November 4 or face USA financial measures, with no exemptions.

"It is incorrect and unwise to imagine that some day all producer countries will be able to export their surplus oil and Iran will not be able to export its oil", he said. A third of all oil traded by sea passes through the strait and the US Navy regularly has direct, tense encounters with Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard there. This week the U.S. State Department reiterated its intention to get tough with all countries engaging with Iran for trade, energy and infrastructure projects.

Government officials called speculation over the cancellation "unfounded".

Rouhani was in Vienna, where his country's nuclear agreement with world powers was drawn up three years ago, to promote the deal's survival after the withdrawal of the United States.

Switzerland - where significant parts of the pact known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action were negotiated - will work to ensure that future United States sanctions do not target any humanitarian goods, Bern said in a statement.

"These are exaggerated statements that can never be implemented", Rouhani told reporters in Bern, after holding talks with Swiss authorities on a range of issues, including the nuclear deal.

An EU spokesperson said Brussels is in regular contact with Washington regarding the oil sanctions and stressed that "the EU remains fully committed to the nuclear deal and to the full and effective lifting of all nuclear-related sanctions on Iran".

"It will increase the prices of oil in the global markets", he said. It said he will meet with the foreign ministers of Britain, China, France, Russia and Germany.

Rohani, accompanied by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, is holding talks with Austrian leaders in Vienna after a stop in Switzerland.

Iran had struck the JCPoA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) deal with the USA, the UK, Russia, China, France and Germany after years of negotiations.

The White House said on Saturday that Saudi Arabia's King Salman had promised Trump that he can raise oil production if needed, and that Riyadh has 2 million barrels per day of spare capacity.

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