Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Call out Iran but keep nuclear deal, Germany says to US

Call out Iran but keep nuclear deal, Germany says to US

"We want to speak with Iran about its role in the region, which is more than problematic", he said, but "we want to preserve the nuclear deal with Iran".

Donald Trump's view of the Iran pact is the opposite to that of European ministers who've been meeting with their Iranian counterpart and the EU's top diplomat in Brussels.

Boris Johnson, the British foreign secretary, who represented one of the three EU states in the meeting hosted by the European Commission took the stance that the USA must come up with a viable alternative before it can scrap the agreement.

Iran has ratcheted up threats to end cooperation on curbing its suspect nuclear programs if the administration refuses to waive the sanctions, a move that would effectively pull Washington out of the multilateral deal that Britain, France, Germany, China and Russian Federation all agreed to with Tehran.

In that big October speech, the president refused to certify the Iran nuclear deal, telling Congress that the sanctions relief to Iran was greater than the advantages to USA national security.

Zarif denied reports that the talks would focus on the recent protests in Iran that claimed 21 lives, saying such claims were "baseless and unfounded".

It seems that Iranian administration has concluded that the U.S. is determined to exit from the nuclear deal.

Iran's foreign ministry said on Tuesday that if the United States withdrew from the agreement, it was ready to give an "appropriate and heavy response". In particular there is sympathy with the USA push to end the deal's "sunset clauses", which phase out restrictions on Iranian activities in the next decade.

She spoke after a meeting Thursday in Brussels with the foreign ministers of Britain, France, Germany and Iran to discuss the 2015 agreement, which limited Iran's nuclear program amid concerns it was working to develop nuclear weapons, and in exchange gave Iran relief from financial sanctions. However, he said, the "decision to remain in the nuclear deal and waive sanctions is driven by attempts" to change Iran policy in Congress.

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Supporters of the deal insist that strong global monitoring will prevent Iran from developing nuclear bombs.

He said there was a "strong consensus in Brussels today" that Iran was complying with the deal and that "any move that undermines (the agreement) is unacceptable".

"We greatly value the nuclear deal with Iran, we think it is a considerable diplomatic accomplishment".

Mr. Trump's renewal of the waivers will likely be accompanied by new, targeted sanctions on Iranian businesses and people, the wire service reported.

The agency's ability to ensure that compliance, through a strict regimen of inspections, is considered critical to the survival of the accord, which is meant to ensure that Iran's nuclear activities remain peaceful.

"In responding to developments in Iran, now and in the future, the U.S. should be careful not to take any steps that might undermine the JCPOA (nuclear agreement) which remains vital to USA national security", it said.

The 2015 deal stipulates that the White House must make a decision every four months on whether to keep the broad-based sanctions waivers in place.

"We have to wait for their decision; as far as Iran's stance, we have made the necessary predictions about any scenario and all options for different situations are on the table, depending on what the United States decides to do", Qassemi said.

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