Pompeo reaches out to European counterparts amid Iran tensions

Workers inspect a Peugeot 508 at the Iran Khodro car factory in Tehran Iran Wednesday

The top Iranian diplomat made the comments at a meeting on Monday with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, in Moscow, the second destination on his diplomatic tour aimed at saving the nuclear deal, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). He did exactly what he had promised during his election campaign.

European countries and companies that continue to do business with Iran could face U.S. sanctions, National Security Adviser John Bolton said Sunday.

Two major USA allies in Asia, Japan and Australia, said they are continuing to support the Iran deal.

European diplomats complained that the approach was too rigid and would rewrite the 2015 Iran agreement they had signed.

Criticism of the US sanctions also came from the United Kingdom, which resumed its trade with Iran after the deal was struck.

The U.S. wanted to reimpose sanctions if Iran began to expand its capacity to enrich uranium at that point.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has repeatedly confirmed that Tehran has been meeting its nuclear commitments fully.

President Hassan Rouhani had said on Tuesday that Tehran would remain in the deal, provided its benefits stayed in force with its remaining signatories.

Federica Mogherini said the ministers shared a willingness to "arrive at practical solutions" for keeping the 2015 deal going despite the decision of U.S. President Donald Trump to abandon the agreement.

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"Today we hope to see how we can use the available mechanisms not to allow the undermining of this important document with the participation of European Troika, China, Russia, Iran and European Union", he stressed. Antipathy towards Obama is a part of Trump's psyche. Notably, Saudi Arabia has also supported the USA decision, due to its current bitter rivalry with Iran and its apprehension that Iran has nuclear ambitions. And he couldn't even win that war.

The extraordinary thing is that there is no Plan B. If Donald Trump's re-imposition of American sanctions on Iran does not cause President Hassan Rouhani's government to buckle at once, which is nearly unimaginable, there is nothing else he can do short of going to war with the country.

"The Europeans, after the withdrawal of the USA from the deal, have found themselves forced to save the Joint Cooperative Plan of Action themselves", he added.

"It is not the matter of Iran's nuclear deal, it is the matter of dignity of Europe because President Trump believes in unilateralism; he thinks he's master of the world, he's a business police of the world and he will make a decision and the other countries must obey him", Mr Mianji said.

"We are on the right track. a lot will depend on what we can do in next few weeks", Zarif said after a 90-minute meeting with the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany and the European Union's foreign policy chief.

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 US rationale to sanction European companies.

As Iran's largest trade partner, China's imports increased by 25.2 percent to US$18.85bn past year, while exports to Tehran also rose by 21 percent. In a tweet, Foreign Minister ZarIf warned that the outcome of his tour to partner states of the treaty "will determine our response".

With the Iran nuclear deal, the treachery lies with Iran, a nation state that has been calling for "Death to America" and "Death to Israel" since 1979. The Iranian national airline has a fleet of aging planes which must be replaced.

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