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U.S. backs EU Iran sanctions push, warns firms against Tehran trade

The United States on Tuesday welcomed a push by some EU states to impose new sanctions on Iran and warned firms considering doing business with the Islamic Republic that they could be funding militant groups and regional instability. U.S. President Donald Trump has set European allies a May 12 deadline …

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Trump pushes Europe to fix Iran deal

Trump administration negotiators have a tough sales job as they pressure European allies to accept new restrictions to “fix” the Iran nuclear deal: Even if the Europeans agree, President Donald Trump may blow up the deal anyway. Given a mid-May deadline by Trump, U.S. negotiators are working with Britain, France …

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AFTER THE WEEKEND’S IRAN-ISRAEL ATTACKS, A BURDEN ON TRUMP TO CONFRONT RUSSIA AND ENGAGE EUROPE

Dennis Ross – Washington Institute Early Saturday morning, Iran crossed a threshold in trying to carry out a direct attack against Israel from Syria. Using its T-4 airbase in Homs province—a base used by the Qods Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and its head Qassem Soleimani—the Iranians launched a …

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EU could impose blocking regulations if U.S. pulls out of Iran deal

The European Union could put in place regulations to protect its firms doing business in Iran if the United States withdraws from the 2015 nuclear deal and restores extraterritorial sanctions, a senior EU official said on Thursday But U.S. President Donald Trump on Jan. 12 vowed to restore U.S. sanctions …

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European Allies Urge U.S. To Continue Backing Iran Nuclear Deal

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has urged “all parties” to continue complying with a nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers, saying that “the deal is working.” Mogherini made the plea on January 11, a day before a deadline for U.S. President Donald Trump to announce a …

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EU to meet Iran to back nuclear deal in message to Trump

European powers will reaffirm on Thursday their support for the Iran nuclear deal that Donald Trump has rejected, EU diplomats said, on the eve of a deadline for the U.S. president to decide whether to reimpose oil sanctions lifted under the agreement. At a meeting with Iran, Britain, France, and …

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Mohammad Javad Zarif: Europe Must Work With Iran

Mohammad Javad Zarif  – New York Times On a crisp morning in Vienna two summers ago, hours before concluding the nuclear deal with the United States, the European Union and five other world powers, I took to Twitter to write that the landmark accord was “not a ceiling but a …

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Tested on all fronts, Iran’s Rouhani may struggle on reforms

By Parisa Hafezi and Jonathan Saul (Reuters) Growing strains with the United States and political infighting at home threaten Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s plans to expand social freedoms, create jobs and draw in foreign investment, officials and analysts say. Anti-Western hardliners defeated by Rouhani in the presidential election in May appear …

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Despite nuclear deal, EU firms still cautious on Iran

Since the signing and implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), European businesses have shown great interest in re-entering Iran. Trade between Iran and the EU has already notably picked up. Last year, European exports to Iran amounted to 8.3 billion euros ($8.9 billion), approximately 28% higher than …

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EU top diplomat discusses Russia, Iran nuclear deal with Tillerson

In their first meeting, the European Union’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke “at length” about terrorism, Russia, the Iran nuclear deal and Ukraine, the EU said in a statement. Mogherini is in Washington on Thursday and Friday, for the first time since …

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