Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Hard to shield German firms after United States withdrawal from Iran deal - minister

Oil could hit $100 a barrel in 2019 Bank of America Oil Gains as Israel and Iran Clash After Trump's Sanctions Move
Laurie Berry | 16 May, 2018, 07:13

"In this highly tense situation, we've now poured gasoline on the fire by removing the Iran nuclear deal, which provided some semblance of constraint", said Bruce Riedel, a former CIA officer who now directs the Intelligence Project at the Brookings Institution. He is expected to visit Brussels as well to hold talks with his counterparts from Germany, Britain, and France as well as the European Union foreign policy chief.

President Trump announced plans for sanctions when he confirmed on Tuesday that he was pulling the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal - which he said was "rotten", "horrible" and "one-sided". In July, Bolton told the Iranian fringe dissident group Mujahedeen Khalq that "the declared policy of the United States should be the overthrow of the mullahs' regime in Tehran".

Trump also said he planned to reintroduce the highest level of economic sanctions on Iran.

EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said in a speech to a Belgian regional parliament that Trump's decision shows the U.S. "We will have to see whether (those) remaining in the JCPOA can deliver those benefits to Iran", he said.

"If you look at the advances that Iran has made under cover of this agreement, it's conventional military and terrorists advances in Iraq, in Syria, in Lebanon, in Yemen since 2015, Iran was really on the march".

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

Speaking to Fox and Friends on Sunday, Pompeo said he "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". The statement continued that the nuclear deal critics have not addressed what they would want in its place.

As a result of the new USA sanctions, companies worldwide must stop doing business with Iran or risk USA fines or other punishment.

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"The decision was made because it was viewed to be in the best interests of the United States and something the president had promised during the campaign", said David Friedman, the US ambassador to Israel.

After years of talks, Iran agreed in July 2015 to freeze its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of punishing global sanctions.

The Trump administration portrayed its rejection of the nuclear agreement as a response, in part, to Tehran's interventions in the Middle East, underpinning Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's tough line towards Iran.

Six regional powers, including the US, signed a nuclear agreement with Iran in July 2015, and economic sanctions on Iran were lifted in January the following year. "The policy of the administration is to make sure that Iran never gets close to deliverable nuclear weapons", Bolton told ABC television's This Week program on May 13.

Meanwhile, the US government tried to further pinch Iran's finances by disrupting a currency exchange network allegedly used to transfer millions of dollars to Iran's Revolutionary Guard.

"Normally in this scenario", he said, "the United States would be the leading voice counseling restraint, but that's no longer the case".

The Iranian foreign minister went on to say that the interests of all sides hinge on economic relations among them free from Washington's undue interferences.

Coming to terms with the new situation will undoubtedly take time, but perhaps Trump was a rude shock that Europe needed to shed its cozy reliance on U.S. in security matters.

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