International Sanctions On Iran Will Effect Nuclear Deal

Javier Stokes
March 21, 2018

European Union foreign ministers are to discuss the proposal for new sanctions at a closed-door meeting on March 19 in Brussels.

The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center reported that Iran rejected any negotiations on the nuclear deal or its ballistic missile program.

Trump has repeatedly described the JCPOA, which was negotiated under his predecessor, Barack Obama, as "the worst and most one-sided transaction Washington has ever entered into", a characterization he often used during his presidential campaign, and threatened to tear it up.

She explicitly warned the United States that the Europeans were getting ready to preserve their interests in the agreement in the face of United States' threats against the nuclear accord with Iran. "I would expect today the discussion to be focused, first and foremost, on how to keep the full implementation of the nuclear deal, as it is being fully implemented now, also for the future, especially following a very good Joint Commission meeting we had on Friday altogether, with all the parties and with Iran". He said those issues must be expressed in worldwide decisions and lead to more pressure on Iran.

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Steinitz said the global community should no longer tolerate issues that are not in the deal, such as Iran's aggressive takeover of countries in the region and its support for terrorism. Senior Iranian officials have repeatedly said their missile programme is not up for negotiation.

They said that Sadr took steps as part of the project to evade USA economic sanctions by concealing the role of Iran and Iranian parties in payments sent through the US banking system.

Trump is unhappy that the JCPOA, created to stop Iran from moving towards the development of a nuclear weapon in return for the sanctions relief, has "sunset clauses" meaning that its provisions expire in 2025, while it also does not prevent Iran from running a ballistic missile development programme or from exerting itself in regional conflicts such as those in Syria and Yemen.

"We are determined to ensure that the Vienna accord is respected", French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told reporters on Monday before talks with his European Union counterparts, referring to the city where the 2015 deal was signed. But with time still to run until May, sanctions did not dominate the debate, diplomats said.

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