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This comes as President Rouhani earlier urged the foreign ministry to start intensive talks with European parties to the Iran nuclear deal and urge them to give Tehran assurances that it will be able to reap the benefits of JCPOA after the U.S. withdrawal.

According to Sri Lankan media, the Sri Lankan president's mission is to improve economic and trade ties as well as encouraging Iranian investments in his country.

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

The Iranian president, known for his consensus-building skills and his ability to call on technocrats to handle state affairs, described the US' withdrawal as a clear "violation of morals" and of the correct way of carrying out diplomacy.

Mrs May also said it is in both countries' interests to maintain the deal, before adding that Tehran must continue to meet its obligations under the pact.

The deal, signed by the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany, is intended for Iran to redesign, convert, and reduce its nuclear facilities, while allowing global oversight of existing practices in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions against the country.

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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.

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

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With the deal on shaky ground in the face of fierce opposition from hardliners at home, some analysts say the pragmatic Rowhani faces the prospect of serving out his second term as a lame-duck leader.

Prior to leaving Tehran, the minister had discussed by telephone the fate of the nuclear deal with European Union Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini.

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