United States 'disturbed and deeply disappointed' by European Union over Iran sanctions

John Bolton Raw Warning

"After that, the United States will pursue additional sanctions, tougher than ever before, to counter the entire range of Iran's maligned conduct", Trump said.

The EU move comes a day before Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani separately address the UN General Assembly, with the U.S. leader expected to take a hard line on Iran.

"Trump, in his address, repeated his earlier formulation that Iran's leaders are sowing "chaos, death and destruction" across the Middle East and defended his decision to withdraw from the nuclear accord".

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday criticized a European Union plan to help European companies do business with Iran as they face the prospect of U.S. sanctions that could punish them for such trade.

On Wednesday, Rouhani told reporters at the United Nations that the US withdrawal from the deal was "a mistake" and that he believes America will "sooner or later" support the deal.

Speaking in a meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday in New York, President Hassan Rouhani referred to the United States' illegal withdrawn from the worldwide agreement of the JCPOA, saying, "We should work hard to deepen cooperation and consultation to achieve an appropriate practical framework for maintaining and fully implementing this agreement, especially in economic sectors".

"To keep the deal alive we need concrete solutions so that payment channels can be kept open and trade with Iran remains possible", German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said after the meeting in NY.

Despite their best intentions and ongoing efforts to sustain benefits for Iran, remaining signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal - Europe, China and Russian Federation - have been unable to do enough to stop Iran's economy from suffering seemingly uncontrollable bleeding.

In rhetorical exchanges that brought back memories of the feud over the 2003 Iraq invasion, the United States denounced the Europeans who in turn made clear they would not back down on diplomacy.

Expressing disappointment over reports of the European Union setting up a special payment system to bypass Iranian sanctions, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in NY on Tuesday said, "I was disturbed and, indeed, deeply disappointed.This is one of the most counterproductive measures imaginable for regional and global peace and security". "Remaining members of the deal have taken very good steps forward, but Iran has higher expectations", he said, adding that forthcoming USA sanctions in November on Iran were illegal and "nothing new".

"Companies have a choice to either do business in Iran or in the US".

"The Americans say that by imposing sanctions they want to pressure the government of Iran but in reality with this method they deprive the people of their welfare and right to life", Hatami said, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency.

Mr Trump's decision to pull out of the JPCOA accord has exacerbated the situation, as have suggestions that the USA is attempting to encourage demonstrations against Iran's rulers within Iran itself.

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