EU urges Trump to stick to nu­clear deal with Iran

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BRUS­SELS: EU pow­ers yes­ter­day urged US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump to en­dorse a key nu­clear agree­ment with Iran, say­ing the deal is es­sen­tial for in­ter­na­tional se­cu­rity.

The for­eign min­is­ters of Bri­tain, France and Ger­many threw their weight be­hind the pact lim­it­ing Iran’s nu­clear am­bi­tions and in­sisted that the Is­lamic Repub­lic is re­spect­ing it.

“There is no in­di­ca­tion to­day that could call into doubt Ira­nian re­spect of the agree­ment,” French For­eign Min­is­ter Jean-Yves Le Drian told re­porters in Brus­sels, af­ter a meet­ing be­tween the Euro­peans and their Ira­nian coun­ter­part Javad Zarif.

Le Drian called on all par­ties to up­hold the agree­ment, not­ing that “our Amer­i­can al­lies should re­spect it as well. There is no par­tic­u­lar rea­son for any rup­ture”.

Un­der the ac­cord, Iran slowed its nu­clear pro­gramme in ex­change for an eas­ing of in­ter­na­tional eco­nomic sanc­tions. Trump is ex­pected to de­cide to­day whether to ex­tend the sanc­tions re­lief or re-im­pose the re­stric­tions his pre­de­ces­sor, Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, sus­pended two years ago.

Bri­tish For­eign Sec­re­tary Boris John­son also noted that no one had put for­ward a plan that might be as ef­fec­tive in curb­ing Iran’s nu­clear am­bi­tions. “It’s in­cum­bent on those who op­pose the (deal) re­ally to come up with that bet­ter so­lu­tion, be­cause we haven’t seen it so far,” he said.

Of­fi­cials from ma­jor world pow­ers and Iran meet roughly ev­ery three to four months to as­sess im­ple­men­ta­tion of the deal, which is mon­i­tored by the world’s nu­clear watch­dog, the In­ter­na­tional Atomic En­ergy Agency.

The pact is un­der­pinned on the US side by a pres­i­den­tial waiver of nu­clear-re­lated sanc­tions on Iran’s cen­tral bank. US of­fi­cials and oth­ers fa­mil­iar with the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s de­lib­er­a­tions told AP Trump was likely to back the ac­cord for now but that he may pair his de­ci­sion with new, tar­geted sanc­tions on Ira­nian busi­nesses and peo­ple.

The re­stric­tions could hit some firms and in­di­vid­u­als whose sanc­tions were pre­vi­ously scrapped. This might test Tehran’s will­ing­ness to abide by its side of the bar­gain.

EU for­eign pol­icy chief Fed­er­ica Mogherini said that “unity is es­sen­tial to pre­serve a deal that is work­ing, that is mak­ing the world safer, that is pre­vent­ing a nu­clear arms race in the re­gion”.


Pro­test­ers chant slo­gans against the visit of Iran’s For­eign Min­is­ter Mo­ham­mad Javad Zarif, out­side the EU Coun­cil in Brus­sels, Bel­gium, this week. EU pow­ers yes­ter­day urged US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump to en­dorse a key nu­clear agree­ment with Iran, say­ing the deal was es­sen­tial for in­ter­na­tional se­cu­rity.

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