Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

USA wants to work with Europeans on new Iran deal: Pompeo


Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif described his government's reaction to President Trump's decision on Tuesday to re-impose USA sanctions on foreign companies that do business with Iran, in a statement posted to Twitter on Friday.

"I am 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", Pompeo said.

Mogherini launched a thinly veiled verbal assault on the US President as she set out her determination to save the Iran nuclear deal during an address in Florence today.

Bolton's comments come despite pledges from European leaders across the board that they will uphold the agreement, even after President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS paid Trump's Scottish resort for VIP hotel stays: report Michael Avenatti tweets, then deletes, Fox News booker's phone number Former Trump aide working with Russian company to lift USA sanctions: report MORE announced last week the U.S. would no longer honor it.

Iran will prepare for the "industrial scale" production of nuclear fuel even as it seeks guarantees from other countries to honor the Iran deal despite the recent United States' withdrawal from the agreement.

European leaders have vowed they won't be dictated to by Donald Trump as they scrambled to save the Iran nuclear deal thrown into doubt by the US President.

Some analysts, however, accused him of doubling down on hawkish policies towards Iran.

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Bruno Le Maire, France's foreign minister, said EU states would propose sanctions-blocking measures to the European Commission. Unity among the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany was at its height when the deal was negotiated.


Israel and Iran engaged in an extensive military exchange on the heels of Trump's decision to leave the deal.

Speaking on "Fox News Sunday", Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said withdrawing from the 2015 accord wasn't aimed at Europeans, but he didn't rule out the USA imposing sanctions on entities that continue to do business with Iran, even as efforts continue to strike a new deal.

"China is highly concerned with the direction of the Iranian nuclear issue and is willing to maintain communication with all relevant parties, including Iran", said Geng Shuang, spokesman for China's Foreign Ministry.

Russian Federation has also criticised Trump's decision, with Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov alleging the move was "protectionism in disguise", in comments made on Thursday to state news agency TASS.

Al Jazeera's Zein Basravi, reporting from Tehran, said Zarif's tour was an attempt to "salvage the nuclear deal and keep it on life support".

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called the USA withdrawal "impudent" and "worthless".

"How Europe is going to secure Iran's interests in the JCPOA should be clarified in a limited period of time", President Rouhani told Merkel.

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