European Union sets out to salvage Iran nuclear deal

European Union sets out to salvage Iran nuclear deal

The Rouhani's administration's hopes of keeping the nuclear deal alive now rest exclusively with Europe, which has large investments in Iran subject to US sanctions that will likely be imposed by the US Treasury once the "wind-down" period ends.

The meeting comes amid fears that European companies may face reprisals from the United States for breaching American sanctions by continuing to operate in Iran.

Ultimately, even if the attempt to put up a fight is ineffective and American secondary sanctions compel Europe into begrudging compliance with the U.S.'s pressure strategy, the short-term beneficiary of this public tiff would be the Islamic Republic.

Out of 333 total respondents, 168 - slightly more than half - believe the USA should have withdrawn from the Iran agreement.

After an hour-long meeting at European Union headquarters in Brussels, Zarif said he believed both sides were "on the right track" to make sure that the interests of the deal's "remaining participants, particularly Iran, will be preserved and guaranteed".

White House national security adviser John Bolton said Sunday "it's possible" that European companies doing business with Iran would be subject to sanctions.

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In late February, U.S. Gen. Joseph Votel, the top American commander in the Middle East, warned lawmakers that China was already seeking to intensify its military posture in the region, noting that the nuclear accord was allowing Beijing to pursue more in-depth cooperation with state sponsor of terrorism Iran.

Theresa May also challenged Mr Trump on the impact that sanctions could have on United Kingdom firms doing business in Iran during a phone call last week.

"That's what we are going to do and I will be hard at it with the Europeans in the next several days", said the top USA diplomat. No Iranian leader has admitted they had a weapons program, and the facts are now public that they did. "When I make promises, I keep them".

Following Trump's decision, the ball is now in Europe's court and it is clear that numerous continent's leaders are aghast at Trump's dismissal of the deal that took over a decade to negotiate.

Britain's Foreign Minister Boris Johnson was blunt about the chances of avoiding US sanctions that also seek to prohibit foreign companies from doing business with Iran.

Trump made clear that there may be punishments for the United Kingdom and other European nations when he announced his withdrawal from the "decaying and rotten" agreement last Monday. Israel claimed the bombing was in response to missile strikes directed at Israeli territory - all of them apparently intercepted - that Israel blamed on Iran. And a key question for Europe is therefore how far to push back against Trump, as indicated by Le Drian who said on Friday that "the extraterritoriality of the [US] sanction measures are unacceptable". They had the impression, they said, that Iran wants to remain in the deal so long as the government can show benefits to the population, and of course to avoid a more open confrontation with Washington.

"At all levels, we are underlining the importance of preserving this agreement", Yuri Ushakov, a Kremlin foreign-policy aide, told reporters in Moscow on Friday.

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