Trump may start diplomatic war with European allies on Iran n

Daniel Fowler
April 29, 2018

But Macron, who one day earlier had appeared hand-in-hand with Trump at the White House, received applause from the USA leader's domestic Democratic opponents by calling for a "strong multilateralism" and avoiding an isolationist approach akin to "closing the door to the world".

"In the event it fails", Pompeo said, "respectfully President Trump will walk away and the pressure will remain, but in the event we reach a resolution, it would be a wonderful thing for the world". However, under the agreement, a nation can not submit its withdrawal until three years after it enters into force for that party - which was November 4, 2016, for the U.S. Therefore, Trump needs to wait until November 4, 2019, to formally request the nation's removal.

On the other hand, Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) who was originally against the deal when it was made by Obama's administration became increasingly anxious about the ramifications of the US exiting the deal. What's more uncertain is exactly how far shipments would fall.

As for Iran, Trump was asked by reporters if he might be willing to stay in the Iran agreement. Iran is now shipping just over 2 million barrels a day.

Zarif made it clear that although Europeans had yet to suggest any plan that would include renegotiating the deal, such offers "will not get a positive answer" from the Islamic Republic and Tehran would make no concessions. For 40 years, America and Iran have settled into a pattern of behavior.

A United States withdrawal would deal a blow to the other nations that helped broker it. They say the deal has granted unprecedented access for global monitors, ended Iran's nuclear weapons program and created a framework for addressing other concerns about Iran's military and political activities throughout the Middle East.

It's not just companies involved in Iran that are anxious.

Iran has warned it will ramp up enrichment if Trump scraps the accord, prompting a blunt warning from the U.S. leader.

Among the larger deals at stake: (1) Airbus Group SE signed off on a contract with Iran for 100 jetliners worth about $19 billion at list prices.

"When they made the Iran deal. they should have made a deal that covered Yemen, that covered Syria, that covered other parts of the Middle East where Iran is involved".

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Russian Federation is already fighting, and winning, on the same side as Iran in the Syria conflict.

European Union foreign ministers met in Luxembourg to discuss new sanctions on Tehran's missile program and regional activities proposed by Britain, France and Germany in a bid to persuade Washington to keep the agreement.

Many view Macron as the only person with a shot at getting Trump to change his mind about pulling out of the Iran nuclear agreement.

He also warned Iranian leaders that they would "have bigger problems than they have ever had before" if they restarted their nuclear programme. Iran denies its enrichment was ever meant to build weapons as the U.S., Israel and others had charged. The goal of all this has been to develop personal ties that will insulate Japan from some of the shocks - on trade, on North Korea, or on other issues - it might otherwise suffer in a Trump presidency. Ditching a deal the US helped shape could undermine American credibility at the negotiating table as it seeks denuclearization in the Korean peninsula.

But while Trump said at the time that he was open to such a broader agreement encompassing and going beyond the nuclear deal, he continued to voice strong opposition to the deal as he did during the campaign, calling it "insane" and "ridiculous".

"Iran shall never possess any nuclear weapons".

Afterwards, Mr Macron told a joint news conference that the deal was "not sufficient" but gave Western powers some control over Iranian nuclear activities.

Hardliners, who warned through years of talks that the USA was not a trustworthy partner, would emerge strengthened.

"We have no Iranian deliveries that are scheduled or part of the [production] skyline this year, so those have been deferred in line with the USA government process", Boeing Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg told a conference call on April 25.

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