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Rhetoric over USA exit from Iran deal rises amid threat of sanctions

Rhetoric over USA exit from Iran deal rises amid threat of sanctions

Despite complaints in European capitals, Mr. Bolton suggested European allies might agree to new US approach once they digest Mr. Trump's decision and face the threat of sanctions.

It is unclear how well the measure could be enforced, given that big multinationals are likely to be doing more business in the USA than they are in Iran and may be unwilling to compromise that market access.

The move suggests that Beijing, unlike the European Union, is determined to maintain normal ties and trade with Iran, despite the USA urging foreign companies to wind down their operations in the region. The Europeans were not willing to break a provision baked into the deal, and noted that Iran, Russia and China - also parties to the deal - would adamantly refuse. John Kerry along with several other governments worked hard to get this agreement passed. "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, not just their nuclear program but their missiles and their malign behavior as well", Pompeo added. "A wiser path would have been to live with the JCPOA, continue negotiations with Europeans and others on a successor pact to extend Iranian nuclear constraints, push for new sanctions tied to Iran's ballistic missile program and do more to frustrate Iran's efforts around the Middle East, including keeping US military forces in Syria".

Trump denounced the accord, completed under his predecessor Barack Obama, because it did not cover Iran's ballistic missile programme, its role in Middle East conflicts or what happens after the deal begins to expire in 2025.

President Donald Trump believes in the art of disruption, of deliberately creating crises to get his way.

"The difference is that China has more companies that are isolated from the USA market - and possible sanctions", said King's College London security fellow Dina Esfandiary, according to the Washington Post. He said he spoke to US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to request exceptions for French companies, a delay in implementing sanctions, and a so-called grandfather clause for companies that invested in Iran while the treaty was in place. While both their statements cited the importance of UNSCR 2231-which unanimously passed in 2015, codifying the JCPOA-Mogherini's statement signaled a European interest in deterring Washington from enforcing sanctions.




It seems clear that, from Trump's perspective, the Iran deal and the diplomatic advances with North Korea are closely related - and that his policy of "maximum pressure" is paying off. Macron told Trump in their telephone call on Saturday that he was anxious about stability in the Middle East, according to Macron's office.

As a private citizen, Bolton in the past has suggested that the United States push for a change in government in Iran.

"I don't know how to explain why people could miss what the president was saying", Bolton said.

"When it comes to the danger of a nuclear arms race in the Middle East, there is no sign Iran or any of the other major powers in the existing and so far successful pact will simply fall in line" with Trump's plan.

The article also said that given the fact that the success of the nuclear talks rested on mostly bilateral talks between Iran and the United States, that Europe was simply a role player then and can not become the main player now.

"Tomorrow in Brussels, we are going to have a conversation about what we can do to help United Kingdom firms and help European firms have confidence that they can still do business". The EU did exactly the same in 1996 after the United States tried to block them doing business with Cuba.