Trump expected to stay in Iran nuclear deal despite reservations

US words have no weight with anybody Zarif

The announced focus of the meeting between Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the foreign ministers of the EU, France, Germany, and Britain came on January 8 after Iran warned that the United States may be on the verge of withdrawing from the agreement.

"The deal is working, it is delivering on its main goal which means keeping the Iranian nuclear programme in check", Mogherini said, stressing the importance of preserving an agreement she said is "making the world safer and... preventing a potential nuclear arms race in the region".

Boris Johnson, the British foreign secretary, who represented one of the three EU states in the meeting hosted by the European Commission took the stance that the USA must come up with a viable alternative before it can scrap the agreement.

That major shift in USA policy put the United States at odds with its European allies, as well as Russian Federation and China that are also signatories to the nuclear accord, in the most visible transatlantic split on foreign policy since the 2003 US invasion of Iraq.

The Trump administration's deadline on whether to decertify the pact or reimpose oil sanctions on Iran is mid-January, and the State Department said on Tuesday the administration was expected to decide on Friday. Trump's decision will comes after several days of protests at the start of the new year in Iran over economic hardships and corruption. "IAEA has verified Iran's full compliance, but continuation will depend on full USA compliance", Zarif tweeted from Moscow. Trump openly supported those protesters on Twitter.

Deal opponents say the nuclear deal freed up cash that the Iranian regime is now using to fund its military adventurism - and to repress protests.

"We know that it's absolutely necessary to have the signal that it's possible, by diplomatic approaches, to prevent the development of nuclear weapons in a time where other parts of the world are discussing how to get nuclear weapons", he told reporters in Brussels. "As a matter of fact, Iran has not benefited from easing of the sanctions", he said during a meeting with a number of European politicians in which Iran's View Mojtaba Mousavi was present.

Javadanfan said that even if the United States imposes sanctions, "it's not at all certain that Iran will re-start its nuclear enrichment program because they won't want to lose European trading partners".

"We in Iran are prepared for any scenario".

"In responding to developments in Iran, now and in the future, the USA should be careful not to take any steps that might undermine the JCPOA (nuclear agreement) which remains vital to US national security", it said. During his campaign, Trump promised to dump it, calling the it "the worst deal ever".

On Friday, Mr Trump is set to decide whether to extend relief for Iran from some United States economic sanctions.

"President Trump claimed that "Bob Corker gave us the Iran deal" compromise", said one veteran foreign policy adviser involved in the discussions.

U.S. officials said the measures would target Iranian businesses and arms dealing middlemen.

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"The United States must understand the unity of the global community over the nuclear deal and change their position as a result", Zarif said, urging world powers to "resist the hostile actions" of the Trump administration.

He went on to add, "Salehi told Amano that under such conditions, the Agency should be prepared for decreased cooperation from Iran if the USA government violates the nuclear deal".

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