Countries that continue to deal with Iran could face USA sanctions: Bolton

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Iran's foreign minister said Sunday he was hopeful of forging a "clear future design" for the nuclear deal facing collapse after Washington's withdrawal, at the start of a diplomatic tour aimed at rescuing the agreement.

White House national security adviser John Bolton said Sunday that "it's possible" there will be secondary sanctions imposed on European companies as a result of the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal.

The European Commission has been examining measures to counter the introduction of any USA sanctions that might harm European businesses and is expected to unveil them to EU leaders at a summit in Sofia, Bulgaria, on Wednesday. "There is a realisation among all European states that we can not keep going in the direction we are headed today whereby we submit to American decisions", Le Maire said.

The legitimate interests of each participant in the Iran nuclear deal are enshrined in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and the parties need to cooperate in upholding them, he said.

President Donald Trump announced last Tuesday that he is to pull the USA out of the deal. "We will have to see whether (those) remaining in the JCPOA can deliver those benefits to Iran", he said.

And then there's Israel, a key U.S. ally that has been courted heavily by the Trump administration - including with the opening of the new U.S. Embassy to Israel in the contested holy city of Jerusalem on Monday - which is now engaged in an escalating series of confrontations with Iran in Syria. "The policy of the administration is to make sure Iran never gets close to deliverable nuclear action", Bolton said on ABC's "This Week".

Iran's foreign minister said on a visit to Moscow on Monday he was seeking "assurances" from the backers of the country's nuclear deal after the U.S. pulled out.

While Zarif works with world powers to keep the nuclear deal alive, the Rouhani administration has been fighting back against critics who have attacked him for trusting the United States.

"The president of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran has been tasked with taking all necessary steps in preparation for Iran to pursue industrial-scale enrichment without any restrictions using the results of the latest research and development of Iran's courageous nuclear scientists", Zarif posted on his official Twitter page.

He said British and European officials would meet in Brussels on Tuesday to discuss ways to protect companies against US sanctions on Iran, which will be phased in over the next six months. "They agreed for talks to take place between our teams".

Iranian leaders have said they will begin enriching uranium again, in a move toward building nuclear weapons.

Pompeo says the Iranians lied to the six nations who negotiated the Iran nuclear deal. If that happens, South Korea will suffer from a sharp decline in its exports to Iran, which amounted to four-billion United States dollars past year.

White House national security adviser John Bolton says "regime change" in Iran is not now part of the administration's policy, despite his past suggestions that the United States should push for a new government in Tehran.

Trump says the U.S.

"Normally in this scenario", he said, "the United States would be the leading voice counseling restraint, but that's no longer the case".

"It's reminiscent of the saying attributed to Vladimir Lenin that the capitalists will sell us the rope with which we'll hang them", he said.

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