Pompeo reaches out to European counterparts amid Iran tensions


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.

On May 8, U.S. President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. would withdraw from a nuclear deal with Iran and reinstate its economic sanctions against the Middle Eastern country. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said possibilities 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.

The U.S. decision to abandon the nuclear accord and recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital has made a combustible region - one with four ongoing conflicts - potentially all the more explosive, some analysts said.

Ushakov said Putin will discuss the USA withdrawal from the Iranian deal with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, who are set to visit Russian Federation later this month.

Bolton was tapped by President Donald Trump in March to replace H.R. McMaster and is considered a hard-liner on many global matters, including Iran.

In a statement Monday night, Pompeo says he "personally reviewed numerous Iranian files" and US experts consider the documents they have reviewed so far to be authentic.

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In Tehran, a prominent Iranian cleric threatened two Israeli cities with destruction if the Jewish state "acts foolishly" and retaliates against it again.

Contrary to his woeful effort at explanation, this move will not make America safer.

Under the 2015 deal, Iran would reduce its ability to enrich uranium and allow inspections by an independent agency in return for the lifting of strict sanctions which were choking the country's stagnating economy.

But Bolton didn't rule out sanctions for European companies doing business with Iran.

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 final aim of these negotiations is to seek assurances that the interests of the Iranian nation will be defended", Mohammad Javad Zarif said at a press conference with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow.

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Moscow will fulfill its obligations under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action for Iran's nuclear program to the same extent as other participants, he said.

In July 2017, Bolton told an enthusiastic crowd at an MEK conference: "The only solution is to change the regime itself, and that's why before 2019 we here will celebrate in Tehran".

Riedel noted that the USA was no longer playing the role it has traditionally occupied in the Middle East.

Federica Mogherini said late Monday in a first reaction that "what I have seen from the first reports is that Prime Minister Netanyahu has not put into question Iran's compliance" of the deal. The article also said that given the fact that the success of the nuclear talks rested on mostly bilateral talks between Iran and the United States, that Europe was simply a role player then and can not become the main player now.

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

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