Rhetoric over USA exit from Iran deal rises

US President Donald Trump speaks during a Cabinet Meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington DC

US sanctions threat against Iran may hit SA hard

He also said that the European Union intends to comply with the terms of the nuclear agreement with Iran as long as it adheres to Tehran and despite the White house's decision to withdraw from the deal.

The Russian Foreign Ministry believes that the United States will not revise its decision to pull out of the Iranian nuclear deal.

The top official has reemphasized the country's position on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, commonly to as the Iran nuclear deal: in particular, that country plans to receive the economic benefits from the agreement, which were initially stipulated in it.

"In the years since the deal was reached, Iran's military budget has grown by nearly 40 percent, while its economy is doing very badly", Trump said during the speech.

Analysts have suggested Russian Federation could benefit economically from the USA pullout, as it is less exposed to the consequences of renewed sanctions than Europe.

According to Delanoe, bilateral trade amounted to $1.7 billion in 2017, down 20 percent from the previous year and well below the more than $3 billion in the late 2000s. Imports totalled $6.8 million, with dates contributing over half. Despite the private doubts among many European diplomats, their governments will say that they are sticking by the 2015 accord that gave Tehran sanctions relief in return for an end to its nuclear ambitions.

The French finance minister said he pushed U.S. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin this week for three things: exemptions for French companies operating in Iran; or the application of a so-called grandfather clause for deals struck in Iran since 2015; or an extension of the 90-day period to wind down operations in Iran. In the administration's view, measures like crippling US -led sanctions against Pyongyang's critical industries brought North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to his knees - and the same policy should work with Tehran, as well.

Among them is the possible use of an EU "blocking regulation" which would, in essence, ban European companies from respecting American sanctions when the sanctions might damage EU interests, notably trade and the movement of capital.

"Should the governments decide to comply with United States demands, the refineries - as was seen in Europe and Japan - will have to make the necessary adjustments to process crude from other countries", Emadi said.

We have to understand that the European Union has a bad track record on promises.

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And after her phone call with the president, a Downing Street spokesman said Mrs May had raised sanctions and re-stated her support for the Iran nuclear deal.

In an ironic twist, President Donald Trump's diplomatic progress in North Korea may have played a major role in his decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear agreement.

Trump's tough line on Iran, of course, was intended for an audience beyond Tehran.

But she emphasised that numerous problems began long before Trump's move last Tuesday.

"I heard one of the primary industry representatives postulating that it might mean, if nothing else, that it's more hard to increase exports to iran who, of course, used to be a much larger trading partner of New Zealand than they are even now", Mr Parker said.

The recent move of the U.S. president Donald Trump, meant to terminate the 2015-nuclear pact with Iran, aka JCPOA, has further escalated the environment of uncertainty in the region.

So far, China, France, Russia, the UK, EU and Iran remain in the accord, which placed controls on Iran's nuclear programme and led to a relaxation of American economic sanctions against Iran and companies doing business there.

Moscow considers it possible to preserve the Iran nuclear deal with sufficient political will of its participants and despite the US' withdrawal. "I think that will sink in, we'll see what happens then", Bolton said.

Despite complaints in European capitals, Mr. Bolton suggested that European allies might agree to new USA approach once they digest Mr. Trump's decision and face the threat of sanctions. That exchange is now being treated in the West as an unprovoked Iranian attack against Israel (never mind that Israel has been striking Iranian targets in Syria for months).

Germany's minister for economic affairs Peter Altmaier said last week that Berlin will try to "persuade the USA government to change its behaviour".

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