May 22, 2018

Britain's Theresa May and Donald Trump agree talks needed over Iranian sanctions

16 May 2018, 07:13 | Cesar Cruz

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"Because in resolution 2231, the fifth preambular paragraph where it says, we welcome Iran's reaffirming that they don't have any intention to have a nuclear weapons program, it was a lie at the time".

Iranian foreign minister Mohammed Javad Zarif, for his part, embarked on a diplomatic tour on Sunday in an effort to save the deal.

Trump's decision to pull the United States out of the Iranian nuclear deal and revive USA economic sanctions has alarmed the leaders of Britain, France and Germany who remain committed to the deal and who have significant trade ties with Teheran. True, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, reacting to TrumpĀ“s decision, said that the European Union cannot rely in defense matters on the United States like it used to, which is as fearless a statement from a German Christian-Democrat leader as it could be. "The extent to which we can keep this deal something we need to discuss with Iran", said Merkel, who earlier spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The Europeans have between 45 and 60 days to give the necessary guarantees to safeguard Iranian interests and compensate the damages caused by the United States pullout.

And then there's Israel, a key U.S. ally that has been courted heavily by the Trump administration - including with the opening of the new U.S. Embassy to Israel in the contested holy city of Jerusalem on Monday - which is now engaged in an escalating series of confrontations with Iran in Syria.

The prime minister said he expects the Iran decision to be a topic of discussion when he hosts Trump and their G7 counterparts in Quebec at their annual summit next month.

"The repeated attacks by the Zionist regime on Syrian territory were carried out under pretexts that were invented", he added.

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Pompeo said he was "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". "He makes the decisions, and the advice I give him is between us". Judging from his words - and those of national security adviser John Bolton - the new White House goal is to facilitate regime change in Tehran. There is another serious problem that may arise after the US walks away from the Iran nuclear deal.

Zarif later said he was seeking "solutions in order for other countries, in particular, those remaining in the agreement, to have relations with Iran without hindrance", in comments reported by the Iranian ISNA news agency.

"We will look at potential options for supporting continued sanctions relief for Iran to ensure we meet our commitments under the deal". "They were trying to take over the Middle East by whatever means necessary".

Trump says the U.S.

With Pompeo seemingly assuming the "good cop" role on behalf of the Trump administration, it was left to newly appointed United States national security advisor John Bolton to remind Europe its firms could be punished if they didn't adhere to American measures.

"We do not see ourselves as a mediator between Iran and the USA", he said.

The French finance minister said he pushed US Treasury Secretary Mnuchin this week for three things: exemptions for French companies operating in Iran; or the application of a so-called grandfather clause for deals struck in Iran since 2015; or an extension of the 90-day period to wind down operations in Iran.

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