WARSAW (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence accused Washington's European allies on Thursday of trying to break U.S. sanctions against Tehran and called on them to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. "Sadly, some of our leading European partners have not been nearly as cooperative. In fact, they have led the effort to create mechanisms to break up our sanctions," Pence said during a conference on the Middle East organised by the United States in Warsaw. Pence said a scheme set up by the EU to facilitate trade with Iran was "an effort to break American sanctions against Iran's murderous revolutionary regime". "It is an ill-advised step that will only strengthen Iran, weaken the EU and create still more distance between Europe and the United States," he said. The Warsaw meeting was attended by more than 60 nations but major European powers such as Germany and France, part to the 2015 nuclear accord, refused to send their top diplomats. (Reporting by Justyna Pawlak, Lesley … [Read more...] about Pence calls on EU to withdraw from Iran nuclear deal
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World International Affairs European leaders unveiled plans Thursday for how their countries will continue to do business with Iran without feeling the effects of United States sanctions. The effort represents a last-ditch attempt by Europe to save the Iran nuclear deal that President Donald Trump has pledged to kill. The new special purpose vehicle for trade with Iran, dubbed the Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX), could keep the Iran nuclear deal, which Trump abandoned in May, alive until new leaders who are supportive of the deal can be voted in, experts argue. Germany, France, and Britain are launching the vehicle, which will facilitate financial transactions between Iran and Europe that do not violate U.S. sanctions. Instead of circumventing U.S. sanctions, the new body will allow Europeans to sell food, medicine, and medical equipment to Iran within the framework of U.S. sanctions policy. “The best way to think about this is as a trade intermediary. … [Read more...] about Europe Trying to Avoid Trump Sanctions in Last-Ditch Attempt to Preserve Iran Nuclear Deal Until U.S. President Leaves Office
World Donald Trump International Affairs The 2015 Iran nuclear agreement has effectively curbed the Persian Gulf nation’s nuclear ambitions, according to U.S. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats. “We continue to assess that Iran is not currently undertaking the key nuclear weapons-development activities we judge necessary to produce a nuclear device,” Coats told the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday. "Iran’s continued implementation of the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Actions] has extended the amount of time Iran would need to produce enough fissile material for a nuclear weapon from a few months to about one year.” Coats, who was appointed by Trump in 2017, also pointed out that Iran has threatened to resume nuclear activities if it does not see the “trade and investment benefits” of the international agreement. Trump’s withdrawal from the treaty last year, coupled with his administration’s decision to … [Read more...] about Iran Nuclear Deal Is Working Despite Trump’s Withdrawal, U.S. National Intelligence Director Says
DONALD Trump described the Iran nuclear deal as the "worst ever" agreement negotiated by the US. The US President claimed Iran was still developing its nuke programme. ere's what you need to know. Why has Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal? Announcing his decision to withdraw in July 2018 to announce his decision, he said: “The so-called Iran deal was supposed to protect the United States and our allies from the lunacy of an Iranian nuclear bomb, a weapon that will only endanger the survival of the Iranian regime. “In fact, the deal allowed Iran to continue enriching uranium and over time reach the brink of a nuclear blackout.” “Today, we have definitive proof that this Iranian promise was a lie." The Republican, who called the agreement "rotting and decaying", said he would impose the "highest level" of economic sanctions on Iran. He said: "The United States no longer makes empty threats. When I make promises, I keep them."What sanctions are … [Read more...] about Why did Donald Trump pull out of the Iran nuclear deal and what sanctions are the US reinstating?
Updated 6:02 am PDT, Friday, October 19, 2018 European Union leaders and their Asian counterparts pose for a group photo during an EU-ASEM summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. EU leaders met with their Asian counterparts Friday to discuss trade, among other issues. less European Union leaders and their Asian counterparts pose for a group photo during an EU-ASEM summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. EU leaders met with their Asian counterparts Friday to discuss trade, ... more Photo: Alastair Grant, AP China's Prime Minister Li Keqiang, left, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center, and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe look up during a group photo at an EU-ASEM summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. EU leaders met with their Asian counterparts Friday to discuss trade, among other issues. less China's Prime Minister Li Keqiang, left, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center, and Japan's Prime … [Read more...] about EU, Asia leaders underline support for Iran nuclear deal