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US Could Sanction European Countries Over Iran, Bolton says

US Could Sanction European Countries Over Iran, Bolton says”

Countries that continue to deal with Iran could face American sanctions, the Trump administration said on Sunday, days after it announced its decision to withdraw from the Iranian nuclear deal. "Let them see each other, and decide, in our case, whether we judge that Kim Jong-Un has made a strategic decision to give up nuclear weapons".

"I think the Europeans will see that it's in their interest ultimately to come along with us", he added later.

Asked whether or not European countries could face such sanctions, Bolton responded: "It's possible".

"Countries that continue to deal with Iran could face USA sanctions", he said, also suggesting that European countries may change their stance on Trump's decision to withdraw from the deal.

Bolton's statement came as he and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tried to amplify the reasons behind the Trump administration's deal to withdraw from the Iran nuclear agreement and explain how it will work, given that the global community, other than Israel and some Arab nations, has not jumped on board with the president. He declined to rule out sanctions against European firms. "They've now fired missiles into Israel", Pompeo said.

Trump's decision to scrap the nuclear deal was sharply criticised by European leaders, who have pledged to uphold their side of the agreement.

Volkswagen, the German automaker, has resumed exporting cars to Iran. The administration has given companies in different sectors different windows of between three and six months to cut off business with Iran.

Some European leaders have called for measures to nullify the United States sanctions.

"Well, the inspectors don't know everything", the national security adviser said.

Bolton asserted that Iran has been increasingly exercising its military power in the Middle East "under cover" of its nuclear deal with the USA and its European allies.

Trump himself hinted that there would be no concessions to European firms during remarks at the White House last week in which he confirmed the United States withdrawal, which he promised during the 2016 presidential campaign.

"It's possible", Bolton said.

He added that a "fundamental flaw" of the deal struck under former President Barack Obama was that "we have never had an adequate declaration from Iran of their prior military activities in connection with the nuclear program".

"We hope that with this visit to China and other countries we will be able to construct a clear future design for the comprehensive agreement", Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters after talks in Beijing with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.

Trump has repeatedly said that he wants a "better" deal with Iran on the nuclear issue.

He also sought to dampen concerns that he might push Trump to use USA force for regime change in Iran, saying that was his view while he was out of government.

"The circumstances in I'm in now is that I'm the national security adviser to the president". New business deals have been immediately barred. Without access to foreign markets, the deal will essentially be over.

The exit drew swift criticism from the deal's other signatories, including US allies in Europe who'd tried for weeks to convince Trump to remain on board and said they plan to keep their commitment to the deal. The British, German, French and Iranian foreign ministers are due to meet in Brussels on Tuesday.



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