Russia, Iran discuss nuclear deal after United States withdrawal

John Bolton: Leaving Iran deal makes America safer (Commentary)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said ways to save the deal without Washington needed to be discussed with Tehran, while France's Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said EU states would propose sanctions-blocking measures to the European Commission.

However, Trump is getting huge support from a coalition of Muslim nations.

After long negotiations, Iran had agreed in July 2015 to freeze its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of punishing global sanctions. There is no plan.

Further evidencing the mood in the Arab Gulf, Anwar Gargash, the United Arab Emirate's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, wrote on Twitter: "Iran interpreted the JCPOA as concurrence of its regional hegemony".

Don't take my word for it. The administration does not have a plan for how to make the sanctions, which they valued more than the agreement and their relations with Europe, work. Not only is it one of the USA companies making parts for Airbus, but it has also received big parts orders for oil and gas facilities in Iran.

In the CNN interview, Bolton did not respond directly when asked whether Trump might seek "regime change" in Iran, or whether the U.S. military would be ordered to make a pre-emptive strike against any Iranian nuclear facility.

"If the government of New Zealand obeys any sanction against Iran, it is not sanction against Iran it is a sanction against the New Zealand companies", Mr Mianji said.

The lack of preparation for a moment the Trump administration has signaled since last October has many experts concerned.

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Washington has long complained that the nuclear deal does nothing to stop Iran's ballistic missile programme or its interference in conflicts across the Middle East from Syria to Yemen.

Demonstrators rallied in Tehran following Friday prayers to protest Trump's move. "The path ahead begins with the need for a clear policy toward the future of Iran-and not the vague notion of regime change that's bandied about".

Saudi Arabia then called on the rest of the worldwide community to "take a firm and uniform stand vis-à-vis Iran and its hostile activities, which destabilize the region; vis-à-vis its support for terror organizations, particularly Hizbullah and the Houthi militia; and vis-à-vis its support for the regime of [Syrian President Bashar Al-] Assad, that has committed the most loathsome crimes against its own people, leading to the deaths of over half a million civilians, including by means of chemical weapons".

"Since the signing of the JCPOA (nuclear deal), we have gone from an atmosphere like a gold rush, to one of utter depression", said a Western trade diplomat on condition of anonymity.

"Do we accept that the United States is the economic gendarme of the planet?"

But the embassy transfer, set for Monday, will come just days after Israel and Iran traded blows across the Syrian border, firing missiles at each other Wednesday and following up with bristling threats in a steep escalation of tensions.

Zarif later told a joint news conference with Lavrov that "the final aim of these negotiations is to seek assurances that the interests of the Iranian nation will be safeguarded". Though ineffective, it was the first time Iranian forces had directly fired on Israeli territory.

Now, as Washington looks to generate the same pressure on Iran that existed during the sanctions incubation period (2010-2013), it must not forget that those measures had European Union political buy-in and followed the strongest UNSCR on Iran.

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