France slams 'extraterritoriality' of 'unacceptable' U.S. curbs on Iran

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"The Europeans should not have to pay for the withdrawal of an agreement by the United States, to which they had themselves contributed", he said.

On Trump's pulling the USA out of the Iran nuclear agreement, Bolton told Raddatz on "This Week" Sunday that "Iran was shifting the balance of power in the Middle East until President Trump got out of this deal".

Khamenei, the highest authority in Iran, reluctantly gave his backing for the Iran nuclear deal and has publicly criticized the US multiple times for not following through on its promises under the agreement.

Analysts and officials say Trump threatens to create all by himself the kind of split between allies that Russian Federation and China have tried and failed to foster for years, with Europe now relying on Moscow and Beijing to keep the Iran deal alive.

Germany said it would spend the next few months trying to persuade Washington to change its mind.

"Turkey has always defended the stance that issues regarding Iran's nuclear program should be resolved through diplomacy and negotiations and has made intensive efforts in this direction", the ministry said in a press release on its website, Anadolu Agency reports. "It depends on the conduct of other governments".

Conservative hardliners in Iran's parliament have set out conditions for the country's upcoming talks with 3 European nations over the nuclear deal.

On Wednesday, Trump tweeted that the three Americans detained by Pyongyang had been released and were on their way home with Pompeo.

"They agreed for talks to take place between our teams". "Now, that will not happen!"

That appears unlikely after U.S. 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.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said ways to save the deal without Washington needed to be discussed with Tehran, while France's Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said EU states would propose sanctions-blocking measures to the European Commission.

Mr. Trump's decision to pull out of the Iran deal has left his country diplomatically isolated.

The leader also said it is necessary to implement the memoranda of understanding (MOUs) signed between the two countries to strengthen ties.

A number of French firms have have signed billion dollar agreements with Iran since the nuclear accord was signed in 2015. The deal focused on limiting and monitoring Iran's production of nuclear fuel, a key ingredient for producing such weapons. With Pompeo seemingly assuming the "good cop" role on behalf of the Trump administration, it was left to newly appointed U.S. national security advisor John Bolton to remind Europe its firms could be punished if they didn't adhere to American measures.

Bolton said Europe was still digesting the May 8 move by Trump that has the United States dropping out of the 2015 agreement with Tehran.

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