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Iran-EU nuclear talks start in Brussels

16 Mai 2018

Especially when US intelligence officials, including ex-CIA chief, now secretary of State, Mike Pompeo say Iran is in compliance.

The Iranian government warned that it will take "whatever reciprocal measures it deems expedient" if it is not fully compensated for the USA withdrawal from the nuclear agreement as provided for in the accord.

He says that "the documents show that Iran had a secret nuclear weapons program for years" while it was denying it was pursuing such weapons.

"If the nuclear deal is to continue, the interests of the people of Iran must be assured", Zarif added. In his words, "What this means is the deal was not constructed on a foundation of good faith or transparency".

Not only has Trump's walkout of the deal imperiled its future, the threat of sanctions could also trickle down to European companies doing business with Iran and further hurt trans-Atlantic ties. He is expected to unveil his decision by May 12. Military tensions between Iran and Israel have already mounted, and oil prices are rising on the uncertainty. "It's very unsafe. It's sending the signal that the United States wants to confront Iran, and that's a signal that the Israelis and the Saudis are all too eager to hear".

Prices jumped 3 percent Wednesday after President Donald Trump said the US would scrap a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers that had eased restrictions on the Islamic Republic's crude exports.

"Some disillusionment has set in over the past two years, as Iranians have not been seeing as much economic benefit as many of them had hoped and expected", said Paul Pillar, a 28-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency and fellow in the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University.

"Remember how badly Iran was behaving with the Iran Deal in place", he tweeting.

Mogherini says she has been reassured about Iran's intentions by the declarations of President Hassan Rouhani.

Iran's Quds Force, which is fighting in Syria alongside the government, targeted Israeli Defense Force positions with 20 rockets, according to a Twitter post by IDF spokesman Jonathan Conricus.

The pact's signing had been planned for long time, but the move coincides with the USA move to re-impose sanctions against Iran that have rattled USA allies. When asked if the Israelis had made any concessions in return for attaining a long-held goal, Friedman said, "There was no give and take with Israel with regard to this decision". The EU3 gamble to appease Trump by offering to pile new sanctions on Iran on issues unrelated to the JCPOA (ballistic missiles, regional policies) failed miserably when Trump announced his "hard exit" from the JCPOA on May 8.

Is $100 oil on its way back? "Who will buy Iranian oil and who will side with Trump". The White House has said the US will put those sanctions back into place.

"This deal is not a bilateral treaty". Now, Iran will likely up the pressure on those US troops and on USA soldiers in Iraq.

Chagai Tzuriel, director general of Israel's Ministry of Intelligence, told The Canadian Press that he was seeking support from Canada and Western countries for either cancelling or strengthening a deal that his government views as flawed and ultimately ineffective in stopping Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons.

Iran-EU nuclear talks start in Brussels