Bolton: US could sanction European companies over Iran

Bolton: US could sanction European companies over Iran

He, however, believes that some European countries will eventually support the United States despite comments from some leaders expressing regret over Trump's decision to withdraw from the deal.

European firms, especially those from France and Germany, rushed to invest in Iran following the 2015 accord, under which Tehran agreed to freeze its nuclear programme in return for an end to punishing worldwide sanctions.

"If the nuclear deal is to continue, the interests of the people of Iran must be assured", he added.

"So we will have the meeting with the three foreign ministers tomorrow and then we will also have a meeting with the foreign minister of Iran".

The meeting was held amid fears that European companies may face reprisals from the U.S. for breaching American sanctions by continuing to operate in Iran. "It depends on the conduct of other governments".

Russian Federation stated that it will adhere to and protect the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran nuclear deal, the report said.

The Trump administration portrayed its rejection of the nuclear agreement as a response, in part, to Tehran's interventions in the Middle East, underpinning Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's tough line towards Iran. "Now, that will not happen!"

Zarif will later fly to Moscow and Brussels to consult the remaining signatories to the 2015 agreement denounced by US President Donald Trump.


"We are working on the measures that we can start to put in place and we will look at the content of that", she said. The conditions Washington has set for Tehran to meet are utterly unrealistic. It cited, for instance, Trump's earlier dumping of the Paris climate change agreement with a promise to provide a better deal that he hasn't fulfilled. Macron told Trump in their telephone call on Saturday that he was anxious about stability in the Middle East, according to Macron's office.

The accord lifted global sanctions on Iran in 2016 in return for Tehran shutting down its capacity, under strict surveillance by the United Nations nuclear watchdog, to stockpile enriched uranium for a possible atomic bomb. "More likely", the editorial added, "his decision... will allow Iran to resume a robust nuclear program, sour relations with close European allies, erode America's credibility, lay conditions for a possible wider war in the Middle East, and make it harder to reach a sound agreement with North Korea on its nuclear weapons program".

In the CNN interview, Bolton did not respond directly when asked whether Trump might seek "regime change" in Iran, or whether the USA military would be ordered to make a preemptive strike against any Iranian nuclear facility.

"So we will be looking at a package of measures that we may be able to devise as Europeans to encourage the Iranians to stay in the deal".

This, along with its diplomatic moves to orchestrate an end to the Syrian conflict, has put Moscow at loggerheads with the USA and Europe, which have intervened against the regime.

Meanwhile, the U.S. imposed sanctions on Iran's central bank governor, Valiollah Seif, and Iraq-based Al-Bilad Islamic Bank for "moving millions of dollars" for Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard Corps, as Washington seeks to cut off funding for what it says is Iran's malign activities in the Middle East.

When pressed by CNN on whether the Trump administration would sanction European firms that continue to do business with Iran, Bolton said, "I think the Europeans will see that it's in their interest ultimately to come along with us".

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