President Donald Trump's announcement last Tuesday that the USA was exiting the 2015 nuclear accord was met with widespread dismay in Europe where companies now face the threat of sanctions if they do business with Iran.
Iranian military spending "increased alongside overall government spending - not in a silo on its own", the newspaper goes on to say, adding that "the nuclear accord has contributed to the overall increase in spending - including the increase in military spending - since it lifted sanctions and allowed for a rise in oil production and exports".
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said of EU-US relations: "We are prepared to talk... but also to fight for our positions where necessary".
Zarif on Tuesday will meet with his counterparts from Germany, France and the United Kingdom in Brussels.
The exit drew swift criticism from the deal's other signatories, including U.S.
The spokeswoman said May had told Trump that Britain and its European partners remained "firmly committed" to ensuring the deal was upheld as the best way to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.
On Sunday, White House National Security Adviser John Bolton said sanctions on European firms were "possible".
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Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called the United States withdrawal "impudent" and "worthless".
Bolton struck a more hawkish tone with his comments in an interview with CNN's State of the Union program than Pompeo did when he was interviewed on Fox News Sunday. "It's going to be very hard and it's going to be very different from the past but our determination is to keep this agreement in place".
Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates said while the Iran deal was "a flawed agreement" because of a lack of unfettered inspections and other problems, leaving the deal isolates the US and Trump should have extended it for at least another six months to work with allies.
She too had stern words for Trump today.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will fly to Moscow for talks with the Russian government on Monday, before going to Tuesday's meeting in Brussels.
The administration then knew it was a lie and accepted anyway, he said.