Consider new sanctions on Iran

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"There's no proposal of additional sanctions against Iran".

In response, the three European signatories - France, Britain and Germany - have proposed new EU sanctions targeting Iranians who support Syria's government in that country's civil war and Tehran's ballistic missile program, according to a confidential document seen by Reuters.

The joint paper was sent to the European Union capitals to sound out support for such sanctions as they would need the backing of all 28 member states of the bloc, Reuters quoted two people familiar with the matter as saying.

Federica Mogherini said on Monday after chairing talks among the foreign ministers of EU countries that Europeans "attach strategic importance to the full implementation of the agreement by all parties".

Trump has repeatedly described the JCPOA, which was negotiated under his predecessor, Barack Obama, as "the worst and most one-sided transaction Washington has ever entered into", a characterization he often used during his presidential campaign, and threatened to tear it up.

The European Union's foreign policy chief says the EU is reluctant to change the landmark nuclear agreement with Iran even as US President Donald Trump threatens to walk away from the pact.

Steinitz was among the first to warn that the Iran deal, known as The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, would persuade Arab countries to enrich in uranium.

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The deadline for the European signatories to the deal to fix it is May 12.

Asked if he believed Trump would pull out on May 12, Mr Corker responded, "I do".

U.S. President Donald Trump, who has blasted the 2015 nuclear deal as "the worst deal ever negotiated", recently chose to extend a waiver on nuclear sanctions that were imposed on Iran but made clear it would be the last time he will do so and ordered European allies and Congress to work with him to fix "the disastrous flaws" in the 2015 deal or Washington would withdraw.

Western countries say Iran's ballistic missile tests are a violation of the United Nations resolution enshrining the 2015 nuclear deal.

Steinitz said the worldwide community should no longer tolerate issues that are not in the deal, such as Iran's aggressive takeover of countries in the region and its support for terrorism.

However, Reuters noted that the obtained document expresses concern at "transfers of Iranian missiles and missile technology" to Syria and allies of Tehran, such as Houthi rebels in Yemen and Lebanon's Iran-backed Shi'ite Hezbollah.



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