John Bolton says sanctions 'possible' for European companies operating in Iran

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French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said Friday on Europe-1 radio that Europe should not accept that the the "world's economic policeman".

Prior to leaving Iran, Zarif published a government statement via Twitter criticising Trump's "extremist administration" for abandoning "an accord recognised as a victory of diplomacy by the global community".

Another French firm that has a lot to lose in Iran is Total.

The deal's proponents say it is crucial to forestalling a nuclear Iran and preventing wider war in the Middle East. "But if the JCPOA is to survive, the interests of the nation should be met".

The foreign minister underlined that his today's meeting with Lavrov and his tour was meant to guarantee Iran's interests and assess the country's cooperation with the remaining sides to the JCPOA.

Iran's talks with European countries to save the nuclear deal are on the right path despite the USA withdrawal, its foreign minister said after meeting the European Union's foreign policy chief on Tuesday.

Iran Foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif talks with the Belgian Foreign minister before their meeting at the Palais Egmont in Brussels on January 11, 2018.

In a statement Tuesday, Boris Johnson said the United Kingdom remains "fully committed to upholding" the deal, and is working with France and Germany to "explore the best way forward".

Iran has said it would remain in the JCPOA for now, pending negotiations with the other signatories in the coming weeks before making a final decision. All 15 UNSC members have endorsed the Iran deal, enshrining it through a resolution as part of worldwide law.

After the Chinese capital, Zarif will attend talks in Moscow and Brussels with representatives of the pact's other signatories.

With withdrawal from the JCPOA, the US has re-imposed the highest level of economic sanctions on Iran. But no word has come from China as yet.

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.

Let's get real. Iran seeks to subjugate the Arab states within an Iranian caliphate, or simply to impose its version of Islam on the entire Arab world directly or indirectly through its proxy states, such as Lebanon and Syria.

In his own homeground, Trump's withdrawal announcement has come under severe criticism.

The EU hopes to convince Iran to continue to respect the landmark nuclear pact.

He emphasized on CNN that his job now was to advise Trump and that the president would make the policy decisions.

Israel and Iran engaged in an extensive military exchange on the heels of Trump's decision to leave the deal.

Calling the accord as an "embarrassment" that was "defective at its core", he also warned of severe consequences if Iran resumes its nuclear programme.

The United States has threatened to impose sanctions on European companies that do business with Iran, as the remaining participants in the Iran nuclear accord stiffened their resolve to keep that agreement operational. When the USA takes such a move, she added, "we undermine worldwide perceptions of our reliability and responsibility". "I think we've taken a big step backwards". Instead he is demonstrating to a far more advanced and unpredictable adversary on the eve of negotiations that the (US) can not be trusted.

During the call, Rouhani said the U.S. decision to withdraw from the deal was "unlawful" and "irresponsible". You can count on Russian Federation and China to push back if the US blackballs their companies for trading with Iran but will the British, French and German governments also do so? He ought to reconsider his publicly manifested fulsome trust in his "commander-in-chief", Donald Trump.