EU Powers Push Iran Sanctions to Placate Trump

EU Powers Push Iran Sanctions to Placate Trump

On Monday, a spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran said it could resume its production of highly enriched uranium, which it shelved under the deal, within two days.

The 2015 deal - signed by Iran with the United States, Britain, France, Germany, China, and Russian Federation - put limits on Iran's nuclear program in return for the easing of economic sanctions against the country.

The differences are even more stark on the sunset provisions, which are codified in the nuclear deal and which the Europeans and Iran regard as inviolable, according to the diplomats.

President Donald Trump's decision to dump Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will likely mean further delays in filling dozens of empty posts at the State Department, undermining U.S global diplomacy at an unusually sensitive time.

Tehran also refuses to re-negotiate the 2015 deal and said it will not accept any supplementary agreements to it. "The JCPOA is a product of long negotiations and a package of exchanges which have (already) taken place", Abbas Araghchi, the Iranian deputy foreign minister, told the IRNA news agency on Friday, as he ruled out any changes or amendments to the document.

State Department policy planning chief Brian Hook, who is running the negotiations with Europe, will lead the USA delegation to the larger meeting in Austria's capital.

The text of the document was also sent to European Union capitals on Friday to garner support for the decision to impose new sanctions, which would require the backing of all 28 European Union member states.

Asked by Brennan if he believed Trump would pull out on May 12 - the deadline for the president to issue a new waiver to suspend Iran sanctions as part of the deal - Corker responded, "I do, I do".

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The Iranian Javan newspaper said that replacing Tillerson with Pompeo signaled the end of the deal, writing that "for quitting the deal, [Tillerson's] dumping was necessary".

Trump recently chose to extend a waiver on nuclear sanctions that were imposed on Iran but made clear it would be the last time he will do so and ordered European allies and Congress to work with him to fix "the disastrous flaws" in the 2015 deal or Washington would withdraw.

"We got along actually quite well, but we disagreed on things", the president said.

He declined to indicate what would happen if and when such an agreement is reached, saying: "We are not under instructions from the president to go beyond seeking an agreement with our European allies".

The president is considered about the deal's "sunset clauses" as well as about Iran's ballistic missile program.

Tehran, however, has repeatedly said it will not renegotiate the nuclear deal. It said they must agree to "fix the awful flaws of the Iran nuclear deal" or he would refuse to extend United States sanctions relief on Iran.

Western countries say the tests are a violation of the United Nations resolution enshrining the 2015 nuclear deal.

Speaking to IRNA, Araqchi acknowledged that the developments of the nuclear file in the next phase "will not be easy", hoping that the meeting of the joint committee will lead to a common understanding "under the current circumstances".

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