Iran says nuclear deal talks with European Union 'constructive'

Darnell Taylor
May 17, 2018

It also demanded that Iran cease supplying weapons to the Houthi rebels, who have been at war with Tehran's archenemy Saudi Arabia, end cyberattacks against the USA and its allies, stop menacing US military ships in the Persian Gulf and abandon its rhetoric about destroying Israel. "However, in medium term, with the economic slowdown in Turkey and China, it is conceivable that Iran's exports could decline to 1.2 -1.4 million barrels a day", Emadi told Trend May 10.

In the CNN interview, Bolton did not respond directly when asked whether Trump might seek "regime change" in Iran, or whether the U.S. military would be ordered to make a preemptive strike against any Iranian nuclear facility. Investors are anxious that renewed sanctions on Iran, a major oil producer, could lead to supply disruptions.

A strong American-Israeli-Saudi-led Arab alliance working with our European allies, India and Japan will be pivotal for creating the pressure needed to arrive at a more prosperous, stable Middle East free of the threat of Iranian terror and aggression, and one in which Iran has made the moves to become a member of the worldwide community in good standing once again.

"Short of war, the only way Iran's crude sales could be disrupted is if European and certain Asian buyers revert back to their pre-2015 embargo policy - and there is virtually zero chance of that", Raymond James energy analyst Pavel Molchanov said in email.

National security adviser John Bolton arrives for a joint news conference between U.S. President Donald Trump and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 27, 2018.

After the President Donald Trump announced his withdrawal from the Iran deal, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said his decision was "disappointing". Firms that disregard these sanctions could be subject to harsh penalties that would lock them out of the United States market or, worse, out of the U.S. financial system.

French imports from Iran in 2017 surged to 2.3 billion euros, the highest number since 2008. It's not hard to do the math.

Demonstrators rallied in Tehran following Friday prayers to protest Trump's move.

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"To say America no, the European Union yes goes against edification".

He told CNN's State of the Union: "The Europeans will see that it's in their interests to come along with us". The JCPOA didn't save the country.

That appears unlikely after US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Tuesday that licenses for the planemaker and rival Boeing Co to sell passenger jets to Iran would be revoked.

Anglo-Dutch group Royal Dutch Shell in 2016 signed contracts to explore the possibility of investing in Iran's oil and gas fields, but has yet to start.

The views expressed in this article are not those of Reuters News. As a result, knowing Khamenei has the last word on all state matters, recent events are depicting a very risky slope for the Iranian regime's future.

"See my previous answer", Bolton responded, smiling. This sparked a massive retaliation by the Israelis against a variety of IRGC targets throughout Syria, to which Tehran has remained silent on.

The recent talks between the US and European diplomats on how to fix the current Iran agreement foundered on the question of how to address the easing beginning in eight years of the nuclear constraints. Protests by people from all walks of life continue to increase and the country's currency, the rial, is nosediving. Russian Federation and, more importantly, China are likely to continue doing business with Iran whether or not the deal remains in place, though Saudi Arabia may be able to pry Beijing and Tehran apart to some degree. These inspections are important not just for monitoring Iran's activity, but for undercutting the ability of hawks in the USA to concoct stories about Iran's nuclear program in an effort to foment conflict. Trump has warned such steps by Iran would lead to "very severe consequences", and history shows between bad and worse the Iranian regime will ultimately choose the bad option.

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