Nuclear Deal with Iran Might Go Sour Due to Washington

French Foreign Minister Le Drian and EU

French Foreign Minister Le Drian and EU's foreign policy chief Mogherini at meeting with foreign ministers in Brussels

The Obama administration agreed to lift economic sanctions on Iran as part of the 2015 agreement between the U.S., Iran, the European Union, China, Russia, Germany, the United Kingdom, and France.

The EU's top diplomat, Federica Mogherini, said the deal, denounced by Trump as the worst ever made, had in reality "made the world safer and prevented a potential nuclear arms race in the region".

Donald Trump is being urged by some top advisers not to bring back USA economic sanctions on Iran this week, a move by the president that would effectively end a 2015 deal to limit Tehran's nuclear ambitions.

BRUSSELS-The European Union hosts Thursday in Brussels a meeting with the Foreign Ministers of Iran, France, Germany and Britain to discuss developments in the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran.

In October, Trump declined to certify that the agreement was in US national security interests despite reports by the United Nations nuclear agency and others that Iran was abiding by the deal.

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Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today issued the following statement on reports President Trump may reimpose sanctions against Iran that were lifted by the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear agreement.

People rally in support of Iranian anti-government protests in Los Angeles on Saturday. She said the deal "was working" and "delivering on its main goal, which means keeping the Iranian nuclear program in check and under close surveillance". "It's a way of stopping Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons and Iran is in compliance with this agreement, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency". The president's national security team has been supportive of the protests and is now faced with the challenge of convincing the president that it is still worth signing off on allowing the regime to sell its oil and conduct financial transactions free of US sanctions.

"It is legitimate and right that we should in parallel - not connected with the JCPOA - but in parallel we should focus on what Iran can do to resolve the appalling crisis in Yemen, to help push forward a peace in Syria and to help resolve other questions in the region", Johnson said.

Iran's atomic energy agency said on Wednesday that a re-imposition of sanctions by the U.S. would be a violation of the nuclear deal with world powers.

The US president has repeatedly referred to the JCPOA as "the worst deal ever" and accused Iran of violating it, despite assurances from global observers that the country is complying.

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"Iranians are clearly anxious that this time Trump will pull the plug on the J.C.P.O.A.", Mr. Kupchan said in an email.

Under the agreement, certain limits have been put on Iran's nuclear activities in exchange for, among other things, the removal of all nuclear-related bans against Tehran.

Mr Trump said they included the deal's "sunset clauses", one of which allows for the lifting of restrictions on Iran's uranium enrichment programme after 2025.

Five businesses tied to Shahid Bakeri Industrial Group (SBIG), which plays a key role in Iran's ballistic missile program, were sanctioned last week by the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

US President Donald Trump wants to amend the deal or withdraw from it.

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