Boris Johnson to meet French and German counterparts over Iran nuclear deal

Pauline Gross
May 16, 2018

Meanwhile, Lavrov said that Russian Federation and Europe had a duty to "jointly defend their legal interests" in terms of the Iran deal.

This statement was made in response to the question about the position of John Bolton, national security Advisor to the White house, who said yesterday he does not exclude the application of sanctions against European companies that trade with Iran.

CGTN's Mike Walter spoke to Paolo von Schirach about what lies ahead for European businesses in the wake of US sanctions on Iran.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stressed that Russia would do its best to keep the JCPOA in place, despite Washington's plans to resume the anti-Iranian sanctions.

"Twenty years ago, when sanctions were imposed on Iran, it was always believed that that would deal a blow to Beijing too", Matveychev said.

The EU's energy commissioner is also traveling this week to Iran to discuss strengthening European energy support to Iran.

Iran has slammed the USA decision to walk away from the deal.

"Death to America and death to Israel" were curses uttered by the Iranian clerics. Under the accord, Iran agreed to limit its sensitive nuclear activities and allow worldwide inspectors to monitor the country's two nuclear production sites.

The president's bluster is bolstered by the risky "yes" men now by his side - hawkish John Bolton, President Trump's new national security adviser, who in the past has called for bombing Iran and North Korea, and hardliner Mike Pompeo, a former Tea Party member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Kansas who President Trump recently shifted from head of the Central Intelligence Agency to secretary of state after dumping Rex Tillerson.

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However, Iran was unwilling to renounce the development of missile-building capacity or the sale of arms to Shia Islamist groups in conflict with Sunni groups in Yemen, Syria and Iraq (as part of the proxy war Iran wages with Saudi Arabia). Neither President Obama, or interestingly enough, President Trump, took that chance.

Senior EU politicians recently threatened that the 28-nation bloc is ready to challenge any move that may harm their businesses in the Iranian market at the World Trade Organization (WTO).

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

Entering into good faith bargaining with the world superpower is a proven bad risk.

"Therefore, we have also stopped taking new orders in Iran", a spokeswoman told Reuters.

He said the deal "is based on the balance of obligations" between Tehran and the opposite side, including the United States, and that after Washington's pullout "this balance is undermined", adding, "We should see how we can secure the interests of the Iranian people".

Despite the US exit, Britain and Iran expressed their commitment on Sunday to ensuring that the accord is upheld, according to a statement released by British Prime Minister Theresa May's office.

Duncan Cameron is president emeritus of rabble.ca and writes a weekly column on politics and current affairs.

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