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Iran-EU nuclear talks start in Brussels

Iran-EU nuclear talks start in Brussels

And after her phone call with the president, a Downing Street spokesman said Mrs May had raised sanctions and re-stated her support for the Iran nuclear deal.

When announcing his decision to pull out of the nuclear deal, Trump warned that "any nation that helps Iran in its quest for nuclear weapons could also be strongly sanctioned by the United States". German Chancellor Angela Merkel said possibilities to save the deal without Washington needed to be discussed with Tehran, while France's Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said EU states would propose sanctions- blocking measures to the European Commission.

The White House said Trump had spoken with French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday and "reiterated the need for a comprehensive deal that addresses all aspects of Iran's destabilzing activity in the Middle East". "We will have to see whether (those) remaining in the JCPOA can deliver those benefits to Iran", he said.

The major force that could hold the region back from all-out war is Russian Federation, said Boston College political science professor Ali Banuazizi.

Mohammad Javad Zarif's tour starts two days after unprecedented Israeli strikes in Syria, which a monitor said killed at least 11 Iranian fighters, triggering fears of a broader conflict between the two arch-enemies.

"The repeated attacks by the Zionist regime on Syrian territory were carried out under pretexts that were invented", he added.

Tapper tried again: "Is the US going to impose sanctions on European companies that continue to do business with Iran?".

Mr Le Drian has already described the USA sanctions as unacceptable, saying European business should not be required to pay for U.S. foreign policy decisions.




"We will look at potential options for supporting continued sanctions relief for Iran to ensure we meet our commitments under the deal".

"The president of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran has been tasked with taking all necessary steps in preparation for Iran to pursue industrial-scale enrichment without any restrictions using the results of the latest research and development of Iran's courageous nuclear scientists", Zarif posted on his official Twitter page.

But while he talked up the prospect of renewed coordination with America's allies, another top aide reminded Europe its companies could face sanctions if they continue to do business with the Middle Eastern power.

The United States threatened on Sunday to impose sanctions on European companies that do business with Iran, as the remaining participants in the Iran nuclear accord stiffened their resolve to keep that agreement operational.

Federica Mogherini said late Monday in a first reaction that "what I have seen from the first reports is that Prime Minister Netanyahu has not put into question Iran's compliance" of the deal.

"Normally in this scenario", he said, "the United States would be the leading voice counseling restraint, but that's no longer the case".

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Coming to terms with the new situation will undoubtedly take time, but perhaps Trump was a rude shock that Europe needed to shed its cozy reliance on USA in security matters. "We have no illusions about Iran's disruptive behavior but we think we can tackle those in other ways", Johnson said.