French FM slams 'unacceptable' USA sanctions on Iran

French Foreign Affairs Minister Jean Yves Le Drian leaves the Elysee Presidential palace in Paris

French FM slams 'unacceptable' USA sanctions on Iran

"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.

It is no surprise, then, that President Trump's decision to restore nuclear sanctions and terminate America's adherence to the JCPOA risks putting Washington on a collision course with Europe.

"We will be looking at a package of measures we may be able to devise as Europeans to encourage Iran to stay in", British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said.

Trump said he wants to impose new conditions on Iran, to address its ballistic missile program, its support for terrorism, the expiration dates and inspection provisions in the agreement.

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.

The White House backed Israel's claims, accusing Iran of "reckless actions" that posed a "severe threat" to stability in the Middle East. The American-Saudi project to confront Iran aims to weaken the Ayatollahs and reverse Tehran's gains in Syria.

Asked about past comments of supporting regime change in Iran prior to joining the White House, Bolton said, "I've written and said a lot of things when I was a complete free agent". The National Iranian Oil Company also said that Total would lose its stake in the field to CNPC if it withdraws from Iran.

If the Obama administration wished to bind the American people to the nuclear deal, it would have sent it to the U.S. Senate.

The US decision to abandon the nuclear accord and recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital has made a combustible region - one with four ongoing conflicts - potentially all the more explosive, some analysts said.

Bahrain's announcement emphasized its "full support for this decision, that reflects the U.S.'s commitment to stand up against the Iran's policy and its ongoing attempts to export terrorism in the region without a minimum of commitment [on Iran's part] to laws and worldwide norms". "If the European Union leans towards accommodating the United States, all the progress we have made since 2015 will be lost". "Because of our technology licenses to many other countries and businesses around the world, as those sanctions kick in, it will have an even broader effect".

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"Why would any business, why would the shareholders of any business, want to do business with the world's central banker of global terrorism?"

This, along with its diplomatic moves to orchestrate an end to the Syrian conflict, has put Moscow at loggerheads with the USA and Europe, which have intervened against the regime.

"Officials shouldn't trust France and Britain".

"Zarif is saying we have our hardliners and ... who knows what they're going to do", Maloney said.

The next session of the joint committee will be held in coming weeks at the request of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Instead, the European Union nations sought to show Iran on Tuesday they stand by diplomatic commitments.

Qasem Qaseer, a political analyst located in Beirut, reinforced to The Media Line the notion that "President Trump's decision is a strong message that he is willing to stand up to Iran or face-off against it if necessary".

Many say sanctions allow the government to blame outsiders for its own bad decisions.

The Italian diplomat's suggested method of keeping the deal alive seems to be increased cooperation with Iran.

The European Commission has been examining measures to counter the introduction of any USA sanctions that might harm European businesses and is expected to unveil them to EU leaders at a summit in Sofia, Bulgaria, on Wednesday.

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