A staff member removes the Iranian flag from the stage after a group picture with foreign ministers and representatives of Unites States, Iran etc.

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Sunday that the United States was exerting efforts to make Iran withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

“The US side is trying to destroy the JCPOA and to make Iran withdraw from the deal. All goals of the United States are aimed at removing Iran from the nuclear deal,” Zarif was quoted as saying by the ISNA news agency.

The diplomat added that the United States used propaganda, and psychological pressure among other methods to force Iran end its participation in the agreement.

On Friday, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Abbas Araghchi said that Tehran may withdraw from the JCPOA in coming weeks, unless Europe proves its commitment to preserving the agreement after the US pullout.

In May, US President Donald Trump announced that Washington would exit the JCPOA, signed in 2015 in Vienna by Iran, the European Union, China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Germany.

In addition, Trump decided to re-instate sanctions on Iran, previously lifted under the agreement in exchange for Tehran maintaining a peaceful nuclear program. The unilateral move taken by the United States has been opposed by other signatories of the Iran deal.