- CGTN Published on Sep 26, 2018
After announcing its decision to quit the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran in May, the US has been pushing to isolate the major oil exporting countries. Washington’s move has been met with rejection from other signatories of the nuclear pact, including America’s European allies.
- U.S. pressure could work only if Iran deal survives: France
by John Irish, Parisa Hafezi, https://www.reuters.com/
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – France’s president said on Wednesday that the United States’ sanctions policy on Iran could force Tehran to negotiate, but only if European powers are able to ensure it sticks to a 2015 nuclear deal that is preventing hard-liners from taking control.
U.S. President Donald Trump used a session on nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction at the U.N. Security Council to defend his May 8 decision to abandon the nuclear pact under which Tehran limited its nuclear program in return for the easing of U.S., European and international economic sanctions.
The core U.S. sanctions that seek to choke off Iran’s oil exports, the lifeblood of its economy, will resume in early November, and Trump promised that “after that the United States will pursue additional sanctions, tougher than ever before, to counter the entire range of Iran’s malign behavior.”
In contrast, his closest European allies, France, Britain and Germany, along with China and Russia, are trying to salvage the accord by developing ways to bypass U.S. sanctions so that Iran can still receive oil revenue, giving it an incentive to stay in the agreement.