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Iran Threatens To Restart Nuclear Arms Program

Europeans scramble to save Iran deal after Trump reneges How Shell could be hit by Iran deal pull-out
Kenny Thornton | 16 May, 2018, 08:12

Germany, France and Britain all are signatories of the 2015 deal, which was meant to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions.

Iran says it is ready to restart its nuclear program on an "industrial scale" in the wake of the decision by US President Donald Trump to abandon the deal that curbs the country's nuclear ambitions.

The group will meet again in Vienna next week at the level of deputy foreign ministers in a special format within the nuclear deal on Iran's request and without the United States, which abandoned the accord last week.

Part of the flaw with the Iran deal that President Donald Trump rejected was it enticed Europe and the USA into economic relations with Iran that would work against holding the country accountable for violations of the agreement, Bolton said.

The Iranian government is warning 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 also acknowledged that the United States sanctions against Iran could affect European companies, which showed "how difficult" the situation was.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said before the meeting in Brussels that "the United Kingdom and our European partners continue to view the nuclear deal as vital for our shared security, and remain fully committed to upholding it".

There has been no official declaration by the Iranian government that it was responsible for the attack on the Golan Heights, nor any acknowledgment that Iran's military presence in Syria was impacted by the Israeli strikes. "The general mood music is that it's going to be very hard", she said.

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Le Maire said Paris would seek to strengthen Europe's ability to block sanctions and provide investment finance to companies.

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's critics say that since the goal of the deal was to restrict Iran's nuclear development, not its overall military spending, the budget numbers are meaningless.

Typically, when the US punishes individuals with sanctions, it prohibits Americans or USA companies from doing business with them.

"We are working on the measures that we can start to put in place and we will look at the content of that", she said. But senior Iranian official Ali Akbar Velayati said in Tehran that Iran's defensive missile programme was not negotiable.

Merkel said the Europeans aren't "blind" to threats posed by Iran's activities in Syria to Israel, for example. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has constantly maintained that Iran is sticking to the terms of the agreement and is not cheating, a fact independently verified by the US military as well. "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".

Earlier this year, Iran's oil minister, Bijan Namdar Zanganeh, said multinationals including Royal Dutch Shell, France's Total, Italy's ENI, Japan's Inpex and Malaysia's Petronas had submitted proposals to expand the Azadegan oil field near the Iraqi border. In this case, the US chose to also impose "secondary sanctions", which also apply to non-Americans and non-U.S. companies.

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