Wednesday, 19 September 2018
Latest news
Main » Bolton: US sanctions 'possible' on European firms over Iran

Bolton: US sanctions 'possible' on European firms over Iran

17 May 2018

The trip follows US President Donald Trump's Tuesday announcement that Washington would pull out of the 2015 accord, which drew criticism from China, Russia and European powers.

Turkey recalled its ambassadors from Tel Aviv and Washington, DC on Monday, as senior officials in Ankara frenziedly accused the.

"We will look at potential options for supporting continued sanctions relief for Iran to ensure we meet our commitments under the deal, as well as calling on Iran to continue to abide by the restrictions the deal places upon their nuclear program", he said. OPEC is likely to insist the current agreement remains in effect, at least for now, but the prospective removal of several hundred thousand barrels per day of Iranian exports from the market will require a major adjustment.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that "it won't be easy, that's clear to all of us".

Germany said it would spend the next few months trying to persuade Washington to change its mind.

In Paris earlier Tuesday, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire held talks with French businesses which have important contracts in Iran.

More news: Sensex zooms 260 points as BJP takes the lead in Karnataka

It also, as National Security Adviser John Bolton spelled out after Trump's speech, sent a message to North Korea that "the United States will not accept inadequate deals". "It depends on the conduct of other governments".

While the focus of Tuesday's talks was on salvaging the nuclear deal, European Union diplomats said they needed some time to clarify the US policy on sanctions, but also generally towards Iran.

Trump said that the "defective" 2015 agreement would not stop Iran from developing a nuclear bomb, and had made a decision to sign a presidential memorandum enacting the U.

"It is most important that certain elements of Iran's policy in the region, and also its missile program arouse resentment of the United States and its allies", Ryabkov said.

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.

Pundits and politicians who either 1) opposed the Iran nuclear deal at the time and cheered President Donald Trump's pullout; or 2) opposed the deal at the time, but anxious about the impact of a unilateral pullout, can at least agree with those who supported the deal and opposed its abrogation: There is no Plan B.

More news: Leaker of Michael Cohen's financial records makes another explosive accusation

The US, he said, is not going it alone on Iran.

This week, Israel and Iran engaged in an extensive military exchange on the heels of Trump's decision to leave the deal. And this is what he discussed with President Macron.

"That's ludicrous to suggest Iran feels less constraint", he said.

Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu believe they fueled the argument for a United States withdrawal this week after Israel unveiled a cache of Iran's nuclear-weapons files, obtained in a Mossad raid in Tehran earlier this year.

"Breaking global regulations and agreements has now become a habit for the USA regime", Zarif told reporters in Moscow on Monday, after meeting Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

"I think you have to start first with the fundamental deficiencies of the deal itself", Bolton said.

More news: Chrissy Teigen And John Legend Welcome Baby Boy

He added that because Donald Trump differs very much from his predecessors, he hasn't ruled out any punitive U.S. moves against Rosatom. "I would argue they felt they could act with immunity" under the deal. "I think that will sink in and we'll see what happens then".

Bolton: US sanctions 'possible' on European firms over Iran