Saturday, 18 August, 2018

Europe, Iran seek to save nuclear deal after U.S. exit

A man looks out from an Israeli position in the Golan Heights A man looks out from an Israeli position in the Golan Heights
Ebony Burgess | 16 May, 2018, 15:13

The Iranian foreign minister's conversation with Asselborn came as the former is visiting Brussels to attend a trilateral meeting with his French, British, and German counterparts as well as the European Union foreign policy chief on the fate of the Iran nuclear deal.

Pompeo added he was "hopeful in the days and weeks ahead we can come up with a deal that really works, that really protects the world from Iranian bad behavior, not just their nuclear program, but their missiles and their malign behavior as well".

The group will meet again in Vienna next week at the level of deputy foreign ministers in a special format within the nuclear deal on Iran's request and without the United States, which abandoned the accord last week.

President Donald Trump announced last week his country's withdrawal from the "defective" Iran nuclear deal, which saw Tehran build its army and increase defense spending by 40 percent since 2015.

Iran's ambassador to New Zealand Jalaladdin Namini Mianji told Morning Report New Zealand companies would risk losing trade deals if the country adhered to US President Donald Trump's threat of imposing sanctions.

Mogherini said it had been a "very productive" meeting but indicated it was the start of a long road.

On Sunday, US National Security Adviser John Bolton threatened the European allies that Washington is prepared to impose sanctions on European companies if their governments refuse to heed Trump's demand to stop dealing with Iran. On Tuesday, may 15, said the European Union high Commissioner for foreign policy Federica Mogherini.

"Let's not fool ourselves that there are dozens of things we can do", said a senior European diplomat.

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Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates said while the Iran deal was "a flawed agreement" because of a lack of unfettered inspections and other problems, leaving the deal isolates the United States and Trump should have extended it for at least another six months to work with allies. "But if we want to stay in this agreement and ensure that Iran stays in this agreement and abides to the terms of the agreement, then we need to talk about this".

Major European powers have sought to keep Iran in a landmark global nuclear agreement after President Donald Trump pulled the USA out of the pact and promised tough economic sanctions against Tehran.

Zarif said the latest U.S. decision was "illegal".

The EU's energy commissioner is also traveling this week to Iran to discuss strengthening European energy support to Iran.

"We have to be realistic about the electrified rail, the live wire of American extraterritoriality and how [it] can serve as a deterrent to business", Johnson told reporters in Brussels.

German exports to Iran totaled almost 3 billion euros ($2.3 billion) in 2017, while French exports soared from 562 million euros ($670 million) in 2015 to 1.5 billion ($1.8 billion) in 2017 and oil giant Total has pledged to invest some $5 billion in the South Pars gas field.

French President Emmanuel Macron held phone talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, according to a Kremlin statement, which said they had "confirmed Russia and France's commitment to make the deal work".

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

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