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The fiery barrage came less than two days after Trump reimposed nuclear-related sanctions on Tehran despite the opposition of European allies and Russian Federation, and despite repeated confirmation by a United Nations agency that Iran was complying with the 2015 deal.

Oil extended gains above $71 a barrel as a conflict between Israel and Iran ratcheted up, increasing prospects for tighter global supply after the USA renewed sanctions on OPEC's third-largest producer.

This week will see a flurry of activity in the European Union created to save the nuclear deal with Iran, otherwise known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

"He introduced a new element, the element of leverage to a stale, non-productive reality that only encouraged the Iranians to continue their incredibly unsafe behaviour, particularly in Syria, by threatening Israel by surrounding it with missiles and expecting us to sit there and just wait until something happens".

"We will be looking at a package of measures we may be able to devise as Europeans to encourage Iran to stay in", British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said. "Their high-ranking officials have made many statements recently, which are rather clear".

On Friday, the White House issued a statement condemning Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps.

"Countries that continue to deal with Iran could face US sanctions", he said, also suggesting that European countries may change their stance on Trump's decision to withdraw from the deal. The article also said that given the fact that the success of the nuclear talks rested on mostly bilateral talks between Iran and the United States, that Europe was simply a role player then and can not become the main player now.

The company said it will "adapt [its] activities as necessary to conform with these changes in US law".

The deal's collapse will mean the Iranian nuclear threat once again becomes imminent - with Israel urging Washington to join in air strikes against Iran.

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Since 2011, Israel has carried out over 100 airstrikes in the region, and on Thursday, Israel targeted almost all of Iran's military installations in Syria in response to Iranian rocket attacks aimed on the Israeli-Syrian border. The foreign ministers of the three European powers will meet their Iranian counterpart in Brussels on Tuesday to discuss a way forward.

In her latest comments on Iran and sanctions, Chancellor Merkel said: "It is in our interest to have a strong transatlantic relationship".

White House national security adviser John Bolton, who has in the past suggested the US government should push for a change in government in Iran, said on Sunday that is not the Trump administration's current policy.

Speaking of energy, France's Total has a $2 billion deal with China's CNPC to develop Iran's South Pars gas field.

Coming to terms with the new situation will undoubtedly take time, but perhaps Trump was a rude shock that Europe needed to shed its cozy reliance on United States in security matters.

The European Union called on all regional actors to "show restraint and avoid any escalation".

The French Foreign Ministry said President Emmanuel Macron believes that the way to reduce tension lies in renewed negotiations with Iran on a broader deal "that will include its nuclear activities and its ballistic missile program as well as the search for a solution to the crises in the region".

"At this point, we have to replace the United States, which as an global actor has lost vigour, and because of it, in the long term, influence", he said.

Meanwhile, the USA government tried to further pinch Iran's finances by disrupting a currency exchange network allegedly used to transfer millions of dollars to Iran's Revolutionary Guard.

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