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Luxembourg Throws Its Weight behind Iran Nuclear Deal: FM

Luxembourg Throws Its Weight behind Iran Nuclear Deal: FM”

Earlier, US President Donald Trump said that the US would withdraw from the Iranian nuclear deal and re-impose the sanctions that were lifted on Tehran in exchange for Iran ensuring the peaceful nature of its nuclear program.

But European diplomats have sought to play down expectations of Tuesday's meeting, stressing the enormous challenge of finding a way around U.S. sanctions punishing foreign businesses trading with Iran, which have global reach.

Trump also said he planned to reintroduce the highest level of economic sanctions on Iran.

Ultimately, even if the attempt to put up a fight is ineffective and American secondary sanctions compel Europe into begrudging compliance with the U.S.'s pressure strategy, the short-term beneficiary of this public tiff would be the Islamic Republic. Imports totalled $6.8 million, with dates contributing over half.

Germany and France said they would seek to shield European companies from US sanctions, which would prohibit companies that do business in Iran from using the USA financial system.

In his CNN interview, Bolton also praised Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, as a fair public servant but he stopped short of offering an apology for a remark by a White House aide about the senator's battle with brain cancer. "It depends on the conduct of other governments".

"Unfortunately once again we see that Washington is trying to revise key worldwide agreements as it happens to Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, as it happens to Jerusalem (al-Quds) problem and a number of other agreements", the top Russian diplomat said.

But last week US President Donald Trump announced he was leaving the deal and reimposing sanctions.

By contrast, President Trump's move was widely hailed by Middle East Sunni countries, foremost Saudi Arabia which views Shi'ite Iran as a mortal threat.

"But now I think we've gone back to square one", he continued.

Where does New Zealand stand?

Iran's foreign minister is due to land in Brussels later Tuesday on the final leg of a global tour rallying diplomatic support for the country's nuclear deal after the Trump administration's abrupt withdrawal. "The policy of the administration is to make sure that Iran never gets close to deliverable nuclear weapons", Bolton told ABC television's This Week program on May 13.

"Already this week, the IRGC (Revolutionary Guards) has fired rockets at Israeli citizens, and Iran's proxies in Yemen have launched a ballistic missile at Riyadh", it said.

"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.

"It's time that European countries opened their eyes", Le Maire said on Europe 1 radio.

"The ultimate goal of all these negotiations is to obtain assurances that the interests of the Iranian people, which are guaranteed by the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, will be protected", Zarif said.

"I'm not the national security decision-maker", Bolton said, adding that Trump "makes the decision and the advice that I give him is between us".

Germany said it would spend the next few months trying to persuade Washington to change its mind.

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

U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin also noted in an announcement that "sanctions will be reimposed subject to certain 90 day and 180 day wind-down periods".



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