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Lavrov calls situation on Iran deal a 'crisis'

16 May 2018

Macron and Trump spoke by phone on Saturday, with the U.S. president urging "the need for a comprehensive deal that addresses all aspects of Iran's destabilizing activities in the Middle East", according to a White House readout of the call.

"Instead", she wrote, "it is the (US) that is about to violate the very agreement it negotiated by reimposing nuclear-related sanctions while Iran remains in compliance". "As those sanctions kick in, it will have an even broader effect as well", he said.

"Our trade with New Zealand is the importing dairy products from NZ, if they want to impose sanctions then they must ban the companies from exporting the commodities to Iran". Imports totalled $6.8 million, with dates contributing over half.

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.

But while he talked up the prospect of renewed coordination with America's allies, another top aide reminded Europe its companies could face sanctions if they continue to do business with the Middle Eastern power.

Bolton struck a more hawkish tone with his comments in an interview with CNN's "State of the Union" program than Pompeo did when he was interviewed on "Fox News Sunday".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told "Fox News Sunday" that he is planning to approach European diplomats in the next several days to pursue the new deal, which would dispense with the USA rationale to sanction European companies. "It depends on the conduct of other governments".

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European officials have said they are looking for ways to help their companies escape the brunt of the USA sanctions.

The talks in Brussels on Tuesday evening will be followed by a meeting with the Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in an intensive diplomatic effort to shore up agreement.

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"We are talking about solutions to keep the deal alive", she said, adding that measures would seek to allow Iran to keep exporting oil and for European banks to operate.

He was due to hold talks later in Brussels with the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany.

Le Maire said he was seeking USA exemptions for French countries already present in Iran, including Renault, Total, Sanofi, Danone, and Peugeot. "The answer is no", Mr Le Maire told reporters.

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On May 8, President Donald Trump violated the terms of the JCPOA by withdrawing from the accord.

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

Bolton said Europe was still digesting Trump's move last week.

"We started our work to get assurances from Europe".

"I think it was testing the limits of the deal's provisions, exceeding them in some cases", Bolton said.

"The President of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran has been tasked with taking all necessary steps in preparation for Iran to pursue industrial-scale enrichment without any restrictions", Zarif said on Friday.

In an interview with ZDF public television, Altmaier noted the United States has set a 90-day deadline for foreign firms to comply with the return of sanctions and that this period can be used to convince Washington to change course.

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Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates said while the Iran deal was "a flawed agreement" because of a lack of unfettered inspections and other problems, leaving the deal isolates the United States and Trump should have extended it for at least another six months to work with allies.

Lavrov calls situation on Iran deal a 'crisis'