Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Europe, Iran seek to save nuclear deal after USA pullout

Europe, Iran seek to save nuclear deal after USA pullout

I wonder why they're still treating him with kid gloves?

Russian Federation is trying to keep the landmark 2015 accord alive in the wake of US President Donald Trump's decision, pushing it into rare co-operation with Europe.

In an interview with ZDF public television, Altmaier noted that the United States has set a 90-day deadline for foreign firms to comply with the return of sanctions and that this period can be used to convince Washington to change course. "But not anymore!", Trump tweeted.

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One of Europe's top chief executives has underscored just how tough it will be for the region's political leaders to salvage the Iran nuclear deal. Despite complaints in European capitals, Mr. Bolton suggested European allies might agree to new USA approach once they digest Mr. Trump's decision and face the threat of sanctions. "The United States, and all of its GREAT people, should be very proud of what is now taking place in Korea!" he wrote. On the other hand, Britain and France (as two permanent members of the Security Council) had been committed to prevent the referral of Iran's case to the UN Security Council.

"We hope that with this visit to China and other countries we will be able to construct a clear future design for the comprehensive agreement", Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters after talks in Beijing with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi. However, European leaders did not really do much to salvage the deal beyond trying to coax Trump into remaining in it, or - worse yet from an Iranian point of view - appeasing Washington at Tehran's expense.

Today, the American-European joint thesis is "disarming Iran" to stop the crystallization of our country's power.

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German exports to Iran totaled almost €3 billion in 2017, while French exports soared from €562 million in 2015 to €1.5 billion in 2017 and oil giant Total has pledged to invest some $5 billion in the South Pars gas field. The U.S. president's decision plays to his populist base and serves as a rallying cry for some of his critics in the Republican establishment.

On Sunday, White House national security adviser John Bolton said the United States may impose sanctions on European companies that do business with Iran, in an apparent warning against the move to maintain the deal without the US. That warning could bring yet another ironic twist. Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China are still signed on to the deal.

Not to be outdone, the New York Times editorial board stated that President Trump's decision "will allow Iran to resume a robust nuclear program, sour relations with close European allies, erode America's credibility, lay conditions for a possible wider war in the Middle East, and make it harder to reach a sound agreement with North Korea on its nuclear weapons program". India's projects in Iran's Chabahar port have been widely viewed in New Delhi as a crucial plank of its Iran-Afghanistan-Central Asia strategy.

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