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4The United States threat­ened on Sun­day to im­pose sanc­tions on Euro­pean com­pa­nies that do busi­ness with Iran, as the re­main­ing par­tic­i­pants in the Iran nu­clear ac­cord stiff­ened their re­solve to keep that agree­ment op­er­a­tional. White House na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser John Bolton said U.S. sanc­tions on Euro­pean com­pa­nies that main­tain busi­ness deal­ings with Iran were “pos­si­ble,” while Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo said he re­mained hopeful Wash­ing­ton and its al­lies could strike a new nu­clear deal with Tehran. Bolton struck a more hawk­ish tone with his com­ments in an in­ter­view with CNN’s “State of the Union” pro­gram than Pom­peo did on “Fox News Sun­day.” Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump said on Tues­day that the U.S. was with­draw­ing from the 2015 deal. So far, China, France, Rus­sia, Bri­tain, Ger­many and Iran re­main in the ac­cord, which placed con­trols on Iran’s nu­clear pro­gram and led to a re­lax­ation of eco­nomic sanc­tions against Iran and com­pa­nies do­ing busi­ness there. De­spite the U.S. exit, Bri­tain and Iran ex­pressed their com­mit­ment on Sun­day to en­sur­ing that the ac­cord is up­held, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment re­leased by British Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May’s of­fice.

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