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France vows pushback against U.S. sanctions on Iran

14 Mai 2018

Asked whether the United States sanctions will hit the Chabahar port project, Kumar said it was too early to analyse and come up with conclusions about implications of USA withdrawal from the nuclear deal. He also opposes the program of ex-President Barack Obama, does not accept the improvement of relations with Iran under Obama. "It has crucial significance not only for ensuring regional security, but also for stability in the world, and it's extraordinarily important in the regime of nuclear non-proliferation". As for Iran specifically getting some cash, that refers to a debt the US had with Iran dating to the rupture in relations in the 1970s.

Merkel's spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said that the two leaders had agreed to push for the other signatories to the deal - France, the United Kingdom and China - to continue abiding by it. Merkel also touched on the future of the agreement in remarks she made in the city of Münster on Friday.

The American government has already blocked United States firms from doing deals in Iran, following the President's rejection of the deal last week.

By GCR Staff0 CommentsMuch is at stake for US and European companies enjoying revived trade with Iran following US President Donald Trump's decision this week to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal and impose fresh sanctions. The protests resembled other aggressive but orderly gatherings typical under President Hassan Rouhani, who has portrayed himself as seeking rapprochement with the West and is simultaneously trying to save the nuclear deal with world powers while attempting to appease hard-liners seeking revenge for Israeli attacks. "President Trump's withdrawal is denying them that wealth, denying them the resources to continue their bad behavior, to take the money away from them", he said.

Asked whether the United States might impose sanctions on European companies that continue to do business with Iran, Bolton told CNN: "It's possible".

Europe needs new "financial instruments allowing it to be independent from the United States", Le Maire said.

The recent talks between the US and European diplomats on how to fix the current Iran agreement foundered on the question of how to address the easing beginning in eight years of the nuclear constraints.

Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said last week he was highly doubtful that Europe would provide the "real guarantees" needed for Iran to stay in the nuclear deal.

Incredibly, the Obama administration approved enrichment capabilities for Iran that the Ford administration had denied to Iran when it was a USA ally, before the 1979 revolution. "If crude oil can hold these levels for a while, I think investors would begin factoring in the improving macro fundamentals".

The senator added that if the North were to abandon its nuclear program, he believes there would be a lot of support in Congress to give North Korea a better life under the condition that it gives up its nuclear weapons program in a verifiable way. "It's a UN Security Council Resolution and it belongs to the entire world", said Mogherini, who will chair talks Tuesday with the British, French, German and Iranian foreign ministers in Brussels.

This would put Iran dangerously close to the ability to weaponize its nuclear materials - months rather than at least a year under the agreement. Since the JCPOA was implemented, Iran had destroyed the core of a reactor that could have produced weapons-grade plutonium; removed two-thirds of its centrifuges (over 13,000) and placed them under global monitoring; and eliminated 97 per cent of its stockpile of enriched uranium, he said.

Moreover, the JCPOA inspection regime would be gone, leaving very little transparency into the Iranian civilian program. There are many concerns that are being flagged, the biggest being that Iran may fall back to its weapons programme.

France vows pushback against U.S. sanctions on Iran