European Union urged to impose new sanctions against Iran

European Union urged to impose new sanctions against Iran

France urged the European Union Monday to consider new sanctions on Iran over its involvement in Syria's civil war and its ballistic missile program, as Paris tries to persuade Washington to preserve a 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran.

The 2015 deal - signed by Iran with the United States, Britain, France, Germany, China, and Russian Federation - put limits on Iran's nuclear program in return for the easing of economic sanctions against the country.

The news agency reported on March 16 that the document was sent to European Union capitals on Friday to sound out support for such sanctions, given that they would need the backing of all 28 EU member governments to go into effect.

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.

Several European countries reportedly have proposed new sanctions on Iran in a bid to keep the United States in the 2015 nuclear deal. "That must also be discussed to reach a common position". Some of them are keen to rebuild a business relationship that once made the EU Iran's top trading partner and its second-biggest oil customer.

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Corker added that he did not think the United States pulling out of a nuclear deal with Iran would affect possible negotiations with North Korea over its nuclear weapons program. According to media reports, the EU3 powers - France, Germany and the United Kingdom - are working on a proposal to meet Trump's demands through new sanctions.

Bob Corker, R-Tenn., in an interview on the CBS news program "Face the Nation" said he thinks that President Donald Trump will pull the US out of the Iran deal in May.

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. But with time still to run until May, sanctions did not dominate the debate, diplomats said.

"The president likely will move away from it unless my, our European counterparts really come together on a framework".

Asked if he believed Trump would pull out on May 12, Mr Corker responded, "I do".

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