With Iran deal teetering on brink, Europeans assess next steps

“We have always believed in talks if they lift sanctions end the imposed economic pressure and return to the deal we are ready to hold talks with America today right now and anywhere,” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in his Sunday speec

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In its latest effort to de-escalate tensions between the US and Iran, the EU's foreign policy chief has urged Tehran to go back to FULL compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal.

With the reimposition of United States sanctions, Iran has slowly reduced its nuclear commitments under the JCPOA, most notably announcing that they will increase beyond the 300 kilograms (661 pounds) of low-enriched uranium stockpile and beyond 3.67% enrichment.

Europeans are increasingly alarmed the four-year-old Iran nuclear deal, known in shorthand as JCPOA, is on the verge of collapse - a message delivered by France, Britain and Germany as they urged nations to resume talks.

However, those tensions also have seen the USA send thousands of additional troops, nuclear-capable B-52 bombers and advanced fighter jets into the Mideast.

"China regrets Iran's decision to further scale back its commitments", the graphic read in what appeared to be a reference to Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang's response last Monday at a press conference to Iran enriching uranium past the 2015 deal's 3.67 percent limit.

The US ambassador to the European Union said it was "time to act" against Iran, not only over its nuclear breaches but also its "malign activities" throughout the world.

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Under the deal, Iran agreed to curb its atomic nuclear program in return for relief from crippling sanctions.

Iran denies any intent to acquire nuclear weapons, and has said all its breaches could be reversed if Washington returned to the deal and its economic dividends were realized.

In an interview with NBC, Zarif has, however, conditioned negotiations about Tehran's missile program on the halt of US arms sales to USA allies in the region Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Afterwards, Washington re-imposed sanctions on Iran that had been lifted under the deal and ordered new ones.

Haq told reporters that the U.N. secretariat is "in close contact with the permanent missions of the United States and Iran to the U.N. and has conveyed its concerns to the host country".

But US President Donald Trump in 2018 announced Washington was pulling out of the deal, to the dismay of its European allies. "Iran is still a good year away from developing a nuclear bomb", he said.

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So then, as stated by diplomats in Brussels, we are into a nuclear arms race.

He has previously upbraided European powers for not standing up to Trump and circumventing his sanctions noose.

"It seems there are those in Europe who will not wake up until Iranian nuclear missiles land on European soil". Russian Federation and China are also parties to the accord. Threats of war by the United States and its regional partners (namely, Saudi Arabia and Israel) and awful sanctions had raised the threat level in West Asia.

USA special envoy for Iran, Brian Hook, said no US government officials would meet with Zarif. The sanctions have dramatically affected Iran's economy.

Iran's top leader says his country will retaliate over the seizure of an Iranian tanker by British authorities. "If the country opposing them is a weak one, their arrogance works".

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