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John Bolton: Trump Sanctions On European Companies "Possible" Over Iran

14 May, 2018, 00:38 | Author: Kristen Ingram
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"It depends on the conduct of other governments". The announcement triggered USA plans to reimpose sanctions on the Islamic Republic within about six months.

Trump's decision to end US compliance with the deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was made over the objections of worldwide leaders including French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who personally lobbied the president to honor the agreement-as well as 63 percent of Americans, according to a CNN poll.

Since the deal went into effect in 2016, lifting some sanctions in exchange for Iran opening up its nuclear facilities for inspections and accepting limits on its enrichment of uranium, Europe-Iran trade has mushroomed and companies based in the European Union have signed deals worth billions of dollars with Tehran. The administration has given companies in different sectors different windows of between three and six months to cut off business with Iran.

"I hope that in coming days or weeks we will achieve an agreement that really works, that it really protects world from Iranian misconduct, not only of its nuclear program, but also of its missiles and its malignant conduct", said secretary of State.

"The consequences of American sanctions go way beyond goods shipped by American companies because of our technology licenses to many other countries and businesses around the world".

Bolton said Europe was still digesting the May 8 move by Trump. "As those sanctions kick in, it will have an even broader effect as well", he said.

In a Fox News interview in January, Bolton said the United States should take steps such as increasing economic pressure on Iran and providing support to opponents of the government.

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

The or five signatory powers - China, Russia, France, United Kingdom, and Germany - remain in that agreement while Washington reactivates sanctions machinery, opening question of wher USA will penalize European companies with business with Iran.

But there are those within Iran's government who are less certain of the agreement's longevity. "Trashing Barack Obama's accomplishments is".

"The policy of the administration is to make sure that Iran never gets close to deliverable nuclear weapons", he added.

As to the idea of whether or not Iran felt less constrained now that the Trump administration pulled out of the Iran Deal, Pompeo had a concise answer: "That's ludicrous".

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