Willing to discuss other issues if nuclear deal successful, says Iran Feb 09, 2018 0 147 12345 ReutersParisThe United States and its European allies should ensure the 2015 nuclear deal is a success before demanding to negotiate on other issues such as Tehran's regional activities or ballistic missile programme, Iran's deputy foreign minister said on Thursday."Now they ask Iran to enter discussions on other issues. Our answer is clear: make the (deal) a successful experience and then we discuss other issues,"Abbas Araqchi told a conference.He said the new US administration's policy on Iran was"destructive"and violated the terms of the accord with world powers.With US President Donald Trump warning of a last chance for"the worst deal ever negotiated", Britain, France and Germany are working on a plan to satisfy him by addressing Iran's ballistic missile tests and its regional influence while preserving the 2015 accord.Speaking at the same conference, Britain's Minister for the Middle East, Alistair Burt, said European powers were determined to save the deal and assuage the United States, but he warned that Iran also needed to mitigate Western concerns over its regional activities."We and our European partners are absolutely clear. We want the deal to succeed,"Burt said."We don't want to see the JCPOA (deal with Iran) go down and are working with our European partners to mitigate concerns the United States may have to ensure it continues."Negotiations between Europeans and the U.S. officials to meet Trump's conditions are ongoing.The first challenge the Europeans face is dissecting divergent U.S. statements about what Trump wants to keep issuing"waivers"to U.S. sanctions. Without the waivers, which expire May 12, the U.S. sanctions return, effectively killing the deal."Iran also needs to avoid taking actions which threaten regional security,"Burt said specifically pointing to claims that Tehran has supplied ballistic missiles to Houthi rebels in Yemen.Iran has denied those allegations and has repeatedly said its missile programme is purely defensive.Iran backs Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in his country's civil war, Shi'ite militias in Iraq, Houthi rebels in Yemen and Lebanon's Hezbollah."Iran has always played a key role in establishing peace, restoring security and fighting against terrorism across the region,"Araqchi said."Policies of Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United States have led to crises and wars in the Middle East."(Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg) Pages 12 POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Turkey planning to host Syria summit with Russia and Iran Feb 09, 2018 0 1520 US-led coalition claims to kill 100 pro-govt forces in Syria Feb 09, 2018 0 215 Iran rebuffs 'false'Bahrain bombing accusation Feb 09, 2018 0 137 Death toll 200 in Syria raids on rebel area Jisreen: Four days of ferocious Syrian government raids on the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta have killed more than 200 civilians, a war monitor said on Thursday. Syrian government troops have since Monday waged .. US joins UN for a ceasefire demand in Eastern Ghouta Agencies Washington The United States demanded Thursday that the Syrian regime and Russian forces put an end to their latest round of air strikes and alleged chemical attacks against besieged civilians. In a statement .. US goal in Syria to capture economic assets: Russia MOSCOW: Russia's defence ministry said on Thursday the ultimate goal of the United States in Syria is not to fight Islamic State but to seize economic assets, according to the Interfax news agency. It also said Syrian .. Turkey dismisses French criticism of Syria operation as 'baseless' Ankara: Turkey on Thursday dismissed France's claims over civilian losses in Ankara's ongoing Syria operation, labelling them"unfortunate"and"baseless"accusations."It is being seen with regret that .. Humanitarian ceasefire in Syria 'unrealistic': Russia AFP United Nations Russia on Thursday dismissed as"unrealistic"a UN appeal for a month-long humanitarian ceasefire in Syria, where four days of government raids have killed scores of civilians. "That is not ..