Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

European Union powers propose new Iran sanctions to keep Trump in nuclear deal

Pompeo may be even more hawkish on Iran than Trump a bad sign for the Iran nuclear deal European Union powers propose new Iran sanctions to keep Trump in nuclear deal
Jodi Jackson | 19 March, 2018, 00:38

To strike a balance, diplomats from the U.K., Germany and France drafted plans for new sanctions against Iran focused on its involvement in the Syrian civil war. In particular Trump says that the "terrible" agreement does not address Iran´s ballistic missile programme or Tehran´s activities in the Middle East. "What is important for the Islamic Republic is America's policy in global affairs and their interaction with us and we will adopt our own positions".

If the USA reimposes sanctions on Iran, hard-liners there - who have always opposed the nuclear deal - would likely pressure Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to retaliate by restarting the country's uranium enrichment program.

The United States, Britain, China, the European Union, France, Germany and Russian Federation will meet there at the International Atomic Energy Agency headquarters for a meeting of a committee tasked with settling issues that arise.

The former Republican congressman has been a vocal critic of the landmark Iran nuclear deal ever since it was signed in 2015.

The confidential document also says that the three European nations have been engaged in "intensive talks with the Trump administration to achieve a clear and lasting reaffirmation of USA support for the (nuclear) agreement beyond May 12".

Qassemi said on Wednesday that the United States could not be trusted. "This country is not very dependable".

Asked by Brennan if he believed Trump would pull out on May 12 - the deadline for the president to issue a new waiver to suspend Iran sanctions as part of the deal - Corker responded, "I do, I do".

Meanwhile a senior USA official said Washington and the European Union have had "very good" discussions towards agreeing on a "supplemental" accord beyond the Iran nuclear deal by May 12.

The Iran nuclear deal was in near terminal condition and on life support even before President Donald Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. "Conversely, it has virtually guaranteed that Iran will have the freedom to build an arsenal of nuclear weapons at the end of the commitment".

Araqchi said he discussed the "violations" of the nuclear deal with EU, Russia, Germany and France on the eve of the joint committee meeting, adding that he would hold bilateral negotiations with other delegations, without specifying if he had the intentions to meet the U.S. delegation on the sidelines of the negotiations.

Iran was expected Friday to resist USA pressure to toughen the 2015 nuclear deal as time runs out to meet President Donald Trump´s ultimatum to fix the accord by May 12.

On Monday, a spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran said it could resume its production of highly enriched uranium, which it shelved under the deal, within two days.

Pompeo may moderate some of his criticisms of the nuclear deal if he becomes secretary.
One senior negotiator involved in the talks said last week that Europe is prepared to be "creative" in addressing the provisions but would not budge from opposing any measure that would punish Iran for activity that is otherwise permitted under the 2015 agreement.

Tillerson's designated replacement, Pompeo, has often taken a hardline approach to North Korea, emphasizing the existential threat Pyongyang's nuclear missiles pose to cities on the U.S mainland.

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