US Could Sanction European Countries Over Iran, Bolton says

"For the first time, Iran has the chance to show the world they are not the rogue nation they are always presented as, that they negotiated in good faith and keep to their commitments", said Karim Emile Bitar of the Institute for worldwide and Strategic Studies in Paris.

An Iranian rocket barrage on Israeli positions in the Golan Heights prompted an Israel attack Thursday on Iranian targets in Syria. The U.N. also claims that Iran supplies Houthi rebels in war-ravaged Yemen, where a three-year-long war with Saudi Arabia has resulted in widespread starvation and "the world's worst humanitarian crisis", according to U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

Iran's foreign minister embarks on a tour of world powers on Saturday, state media reported, in what is seen as a last-ditch effort to save Tehran's nuclear deal after Washington's withdrawal from the accord. (The Israeli documents can be used to pressure Iran for additional access.) However, all inspections will end if the deal is junked.

The comments by Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami followed a week of escalating tensions that threaten to spill over into a wider conflict between the two bitter enemies.

The remarks from Khatami drew chants of "Death to America!" from those gathered for Friday prayers in Tehran.

That means Iran will not stop economic exchanges with other countries right now but a final decision will be made after the grace period. The E.U. exported €10.8 billion in goods to Iran in 2017, and a number of European companies, including Siemens and Airbus, have signed deals with Iran. "It depends on the conduct of other governments".

Iran reiterated that no provisions or timeframes in the 2015 agreement "are negotiable in any manner".

"In the years since the deal was reached, Iran's military budget has grown by nearly 40 percent, while its economy is doing very badly", Trump said during the speech.

Chagai Tzuriel, director general of Israel's Ministry of Intelligence, told The Canadian Press that he was seeking support from Canada and Western countries for either cancelling or strengthening a deal that his government views as flawed and ultimately ineffective in stopping Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons.

Merkel said Friday the unilateral U.S. withdrawal undermines confidence in the global order, but that it wasn't enough to abandon decades of cross-Atlantic cooperation. The government said the USA pullout damages United States credibility on the world stage and the credibility of accords the U.S. has signed, and puts "the present system of global law in serious danger".

He said perhaps they feel that way in large part because representatives of the Obama administration were working in the past several weeks to try and prevent the deal from abrogating, which may have given the Europeans the false impression that they could prevail. The grouping includes Kazakhstan, Belarus, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan. Although the government's spokesperson threatened to take the U.S. to the World Trade Organization (WTO) over the secondary sanctions, President Emmanuel Macron, apparently unfazed by the cold shower he received in Washington, contributed more confusion by repeating his half-baked ideas about a "new, more extended deal" with Iran, covering missiles and Iran's "problematic role in the region".

President Donald Trump's long-anticipated decision to pull the USA out of the Iran nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions on the Islamic Republic will have a swift effect on some big companies. While the secret of change-and we need change-is to put all energies not in destroying the old, but rather in building the new.

"Indeed, the Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, stated that he would wait to see how other countries reacted before taking any action".

"This deal is not a bilateral treaty".

"We have started an intensive process (and) the economic benefits inside the JCPOA (Iran deal) should be preserved for Iran", Mohammad Javad Zarif said on arrival in Brussels ahead of a meeting with his British, French and German counterparts.

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