France slams 'unacceptable' new United States sanctions on Iran

During the last round of sanctions prior to the nuclear deal, Iran's oil supplies fell by around one million barrels per day. The deal has capped Iran's nuclear programs and the postponement would allow Tehran to build trust with neighboring countries that would encourage it to give up those nuclear dreams. And while Trump is raising the pressure, the Saudis may decide that now is the time to try to put an end to Iranian "influencing" in the region.

Ernest Moniz, a top Iran deal negotiator, said in an interview with Vox,"You could say it's a bad deal because it doesn't cover Hezbollah, and Syria, and Yemen, and missiles, and human rights". The International Atomic Energy Agency, meanwhile, has repeatedly concluded that Iran is in compliance with the pact.

Iran is now back to being the third-largest supplier of crude oil to India, which had scaled down its purchases from the country when sanctions were in effect between 2006 and 2015.

The best-case scenario is that Iran and the other signatories to the deal ignore our withdrawal. The United States, however, would not need to persuade any other countries of the merits of its claim to trigger the resumption of sanctions.

In the meantime, the USA has turned its back on allies' entreaties to maintain the agreement.

When asked if the decision will lead to further unrest in the Middle East, Taneja said, "If Europe fails to build a consensus with Tehran of staying committed to the deal sans the United States, and Tehran returns to enrichment of uranium at industrial levels we can look at a new race to obtain nuclear weapons".

Progress was made in the negotiations, but not enough to sway Trump. In the ensuing years, Iran's oil exports doubled, and it regained limited access to the global banking system.

"The Europeans should not have to pay for the withdrawal of an agreement by the United States, to which they had themselves contributed". Donald Trump is crowing about keeping his promise to scuttle the deal, but this is one promise that should never have been made. Le Maire asked. "Or do we want to say we have our economic interests, we consider we will continue to do trade with Iran?"

US President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that he was pulling out of the landmark 2015 deal curbing Iran's nuclear programme, reintroducing sanctions on the Islamic republic and those who trade with it.

"This deal was fundamentally flawed", he said.

"If the agreement collapses, Iran is under no obligation to implement any of these provisions, either the Additional Protocol or the deal-specific measures", said Kelsey Davenport, director for non-proliferation policy at the Arms Control Association.

"The deal lifted crippling economic sanctions on Iran in exchange for very weak limits on the regime's nuclear activity, and no limits at all on its other malign behaviour, including its sinister activities in Syria, Yemen and other places all around the world", said Trump. "We expect that around October Iranian exports will be down by 500,000 barrels per day (bpd) and eventually fall by 1 million bpd in 1H19", USA investment bank Jefferies said in a note on Friday. "In order to invoke the snapback provision, you have to be a participant".

Stating that the decisions of foreign companies investing in Iran must clearly be announced, he added: "If we reach a clear decision on the JCPOA within a limited time, we can witness broader interaction between Iran and Europe".


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