Iran's foreign minister heads to European Union for nuclear deal backing

Trump’s policy might push Iran to conduct more ballistic missile tests. Credit Reuters

Iran's foreign minister heads to European Union for nuclear deal backing

The split Iranian position was clear Tuesday, with other leaders adopting a tough stance in Tehran as Zarif offered a friendlier stance in Brussels.

"One of the questions that we need to ask the Americans is whether their final objective is to make the Iranians yield on its nuclear programme or to get rid of the regime", said a senior French official, acknowledging that Paris was concerned by the ideological shift in Washington since John Bolton was appointed White House national security adviser. "The Europeans should not have to pay for the withdrawal from an agreement by the USA, to which they had themselves contributed". "In the current situation, it seems the apparent conflicts between the U.S. and the three European states over the fate of the JCPOA are in fact a labour division made among them".

The comments come as the US President Donald Trump pulled his country out of the deal on Tuesday evening.

The Israeli military claims Iranian forces in Syria fired 20 rockets into the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, all of which were shot down by Israel's Iron Dome air-defense system. "The general mood music is that it's going to be very hard", she said.

"The snap-back of USA sanctions will have a major effect on shipowners and their insurers and Skuld and the IG are closely monitoring developments", Skuld said on its website.

German leader Angela Merkel also told Trump on a visit to Washington late last month that the nuclear deal was insufficient in itself to curb Iran s ambitions in the region.

A number of French firms have have signed billion dollar agreements with Iran since the nuclear accord was signed in 2015. The deal focused on limiting and monitoring Iran's production of nuclear fuel, a key ingredient for producing such weapons.

After the U.S. pullout from the accord, Iran had said that they will respect the deal with other signatories.

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"I think that will sink in, and we'll see what happens then".

The Western trade diplomat gave the example of Iran's recent restrictions on transferring funds to the European Union - an effort to control the rapid slide of the rial - that caused huge problems for importers.

Ushakov said Putin will discuss the USA withdrawal from the Iranian deal with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, who are set to visit Russian Federation later this month. President of Iran Hassan Rouhani said Tehran will not refuse from JCPOA and will observe its commitments.

"Germany, France and Britain, the "EU3", say themselves that Iran poses a threat". Minister Zarif, in turn, said it had turned into a habit for US government to violate global law.

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has said that licences for its US rival Boeing Co to sell passenger jets to Iran would be revoked.

Bruno Le Maire said Friday on Europe-1 radio that Europe should not accept that the the "world's economic policeman".

Maloney said the Europeans can try to shield some companies but cannot preserve all the trade and investment that transpired under the sanctions waivers that Trump eliminated this week. In this case, the US chose to also impose "secondary sanctions", which also apply to non-Americans and non-U.S. companies.

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