Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

EU Describes First Meeting with Iranian FM as Useful

EU Describes First Meeting with Iranian FM as Useful

The minister added that the European Union partners said that they were taking steps not to depend on the United States in its trade and economic relations with Iran. "Will soon determine how P4+1 can guarantee Iran's benefits under the JCPOA, and preserve this unique achievement of diplomacy".

Russian acting Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the United States is exerting significant pressure on remaining parties to Iranian nuclear deal.

The announcement by Donald Trump that the U.S. would pull out of the agreement came with the restoration of sanctions against Tehran, including six individuals and three companies it claims are funnelling millions of dollars to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard's elite Quds Force.

Total, which signed a $2 billion deal a year ago to develop an Iranian gas field, remains tight-lipped. Instead of geniality, what we've received from Iran is threats to wipe out Israel, the harassment of the USA military to the point of taking hostages and a bloody, terroristic presence in the Middle East meant to say Iran would soon be in murderous control.

Trump also said he planned to reintroduce the highest level of economic sanctions on Iran.

European political leaders are scrambling to save the deal with Iran in a bid to keep the country's nuclear ambitions in check.

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.

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"The policy of the administration is to make sure that Iran never gets close to deliverable nuclear weapons", he added. Beyond reinstating US economic sanctions on Tehran and hoping reluctant allies will play along, there isn't one.

Iran has said it would remain in the JCPOA for now, pending negotiations with the other signatories before making a final decision.

In talks with his counterparts from Britain, France and Germany, Pompeo "highlighted the good work that we have done over the past several months to address our common threats and said that he is hopeful we can continue strong cooperation moving forward", the State Department said.

The two other parties to the Iran deal are Russian Federation and China which, like France, Britain, and the U.S., are permanent members of the United Nations Security Council. 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".

But Bolton didn't rule out sanctions for European companies doing business with Iran. It is clear the USA president feels strongly about the Iran issue claiming the agreement is "a great embarrassment" and "a giant fiction given that "we can not prevent an Iranian nuclear bomb under the decaying, rotten structure of the current agreement".

Iran's full compliance with its obligations under the agreement has been acknowledged by the International Atomic Energy Agency, as well as the USA intelligence community, the UNSC and Trump's own top advisers, Rice pointed out: it has relinquished 97% of its enriched uranium stockpile, dismantled 2/3 of its centrifuges (uranium processing machines) and its entire plutonium facility.

French diplomats said they also wanted to assess Iran's intentions in sticking to the deal, but also to see how open it was to serious talks on other Western concerns, including its ballistic missile programme and regional activities.

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