European Union plans no additional sanctions against Iran: Foreign Policy Chief

Mike Pompeo

Mike Pompeo

The focus today will be on continuing the full implementation of the nuclear deal.

During their January meeting on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, the German leader told the Israeli premier that an American withdrawal would also split the West, pitting the USA and Israel against Germany, France, and the United Kingdom, along with Russia, China, and Iran, according to Israel's Channel 10 news.

Trump has repeatedly described the JCPOA, which was negotiated under his predecessor, Barack Obama, as "the worst and most one-sided transaction Washington has ever entered into", a characterization he often used during his presidential campaign, and threatened to tear it up.

Ali Sadr Hashemi Nejad, 38, was charged in a six-count indictment filed in federal court in Manhattan for his role in a scheme to evade United States economic sanctions against Iran, prosecutors said. By making sure the new sanctions don't directly contradict the terms of the JCPOA, EU countries are hoping to preserve the nuclear deal and their ties to Iran.

Iran agreed to curbs on its nuclear programme in exchange for the lifting of a number of sanctions as part of the deal.

France on Monday urged the European Union to consider new sanctions on Iran over its involvement in Syria's civil war and its ballistic missile program, Reuters reported.

Any fresh worldwide sanctions for Iran will definitely have an unequivocal impact with the nuclear agreement struck among world powers, Iran's deputy foreign secretary stated Friday, according to state networks.

Trump is unhappy that the JCPOA, created to stop Iran from moving towards the development of a nuclear weapon in return for the sanctions relief, has "sunset clauses" meaning that its provisions expire in 2025, while it also does not prevent Iran from running a ballistic missile development programme or from exerting itself in regional conflicts such as those in Syria and Yemen.

Speaking to reporters before a meeting of European Union foreign ministers Monday, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian seemed to indicate Paris was seeking agreement to up sanctions on Iran. "That must also be discussed to reach a common position".

USA sanctions will resume unless Trump issues fresh "waivers" to suspend them on May 12.

Mr Zarif said: "Considering what has been envisaged in the JCPOA in the field of research and development and the Islamic Republic of Iran's continued measures to develop its peaceful nuclear capability, if the U.S. makes the mistake of exiting the JCPOA, it will definitely be a painful mistake for the Americans".

Iranian Foreign Minister Muhammad Javad Zarif on Twitter accused the West of "sheer hypocrisy" in selling large quantities of weapons to countries in the region while "whining about Iran's defensive missiles".

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