Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

Iran nuclear deal: Envoy starts diplomatic tour after USA withdrawal

Credit AP  VAHID SALEMI					Iranians burn U.S. flags during a protest after Friday prayers in Tehran Credit AP VAHID SALEMI Iranians burn U.S. flags during a protest after Friday prayers in Tehran
Johnnie Parks | 13 May, 2018, 20:25

Trump described the deal as "horrible" and "one-sided" as he announced U.S. withdrawal on Tuesday, which could lead to penalties for European businesses that have begun trading with Iran since it was signed in 2013.

Trump's decision to pull the US out of the Iran nuclear came despite pleas from European allies to remain in the Obama-era agreement.

National security adviser John Bolton said Sunday he believes European nations will ultimately join the US and leave the Iran nuclear agreement.

Le Maire said Paris was seeking US waivers and longer transition periods over Iran for French companies including Renault (RENA.PA) and Total (TOTF.PA), while pressing for European Union measures to improve the bloc's "economic sovereignty" in the longer term. Japan, for its part, has joined the European signatories in the Iran deal in condemning the U.S. President's decision.

"Do we want to be vassals who obey decisions taken by the United States while clinging to the hem of their pants?"

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal was not a decision that could be taken exclusively by the U.S. Putin has long advocated for a new financial system with China that would circumvent the reach of USA sanctions, which also target his country.

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He said security forces killed one of the attackers and surrounded the building, adding that he gunbattle was still underway. Both the Taliban and a local Islamic State affiliate have carried out numerous attacks in Nangarhar.


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In Iran's first official reaction to the attack, the Friday report quotes Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi. Now Israel is feeling squeezed between south and north by the militia associated with Iran.


With the Iran deal in the rearview mirror, the next major test for Mr. Trump's team will be his negotiation with the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un.

Trump on May 8 announced his intention to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, calling the multilateral pact "defective at its core" and unable to fully prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

Germany is ready to help 120 of its firms to keep doing business with Iran, German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said on Friday.

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini will host the talks between the so-called E3 powers and Iranian minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, her office said in a statement.

"This deal is not a bilateral treaty".

On Wednesday, India had said that all the parties concerned should engage constructively to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue peacefully. "It seems that today screaming and shouting, insulting and bullying, systematically destroying and dismantling everything already in place is the mood of our times". The outcome of the USA getting out of it is to re-impose all American sanctions as they were before the deal came into effect. They called on the USA not to prohibit the future success of the deal, despite its withdrawal. No regime loyalists would dare say it, especially to an American reporter, but Iranians are furious with their own government's failure to deliver basics like electricity, water and decent wages.

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