Rift Deepens As Europe Seeks Trump Alternatives

ICYMI Trump risks chaos in the Middle East but come on... he is a US president

ICYMI Trump risks chaos in the Middle East but come on... he is a US president

Iran's foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif held talks with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Beijing on Sunday.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani insisted against on Sunday that the 2015 nuclear deal can be preserved if the remaining five parties give guarantees that Tehran can reap the benefits of the global agreement.

Part of the flaw with the Iran deal that President Donald Trump rejected was it enticed Europe and the USA into economic relations with Iran that would work against holding the country accountable for violations of the agreement, Bolton said.

"Germany, France and Britain, the "EU3", say themselves that Iran poses a threat".

The open question is whether the allies, and above all Iran, will agree to resume full-fledged talks, having just seen the United States withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and renege on its promises under the landmark arms control accord.

Officials are also preparing to move ahead with plans to get Iran fuller access to the EU's lending arm, the European Investment Bank, and to bolster European credit lines for firms with little US exposure wanting to invest in Iran. While Israel has backed Trump's move, countries like Russian Federation and other European nations have decried the unilateral call from the USA to isolate Iran.

In a Fox News interview in January, Bolton said the United States should take steps such as increasing economic pressure on Iran and providing support to opponents of the government.

"I believe America's withdrawal from the deal would lead to no significant impacts with regards to Iran's exports of oil", Zangeneh added.


"I expect the production to remain the same until the end of this (Iranian) year", Zanganeh said.

"However, because Russia and the USA have signed an agreement on cooperation in nuclear energy, Moscow could respond in kind, that's why I think that Iran's nuclear program remains under Russian protection", he added.

Trump's move has sparked a range of reactions, with most countries condemning it and others welcoming it.

Days after its controversial decision to pull the USA out of the Iran deal, the White House is condemning an Iranian rocket attack on Israeli-occupied land, the latest in a heated escalation between the longtime Middle East adversaries.

"We should not scrap it unless we have a good alternative", he said, adding: "We face unsafe times". Obama notes that the prohibition on Iran obtaining nuclear weapons is permanent and other provisions that do expire won't for 10 to 25 years. This will also hit India where it hurts the most.

India is also the biggest oil customer of Iran after China.

"We regret the decision by the United States to pull out, but we are still hopeful we are going to be able to keep Iran from developing nuclear weapons".

The system, which was never actually used, permitted European companies to ignore the U.S. sanctions and said that any decisions by foreign courts based on the sanctions would not be upheld in Europe.

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