Published: Thu, January 11, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

Call out Iran but keep nuclear deal, Germany says to US

Call out Iran but keep nuclear deal, Germany says to US

"We want to speak with Iran about its role in the region, which is more than problematic", he said, but "we want to preserve the nuclear deal with Iran".

Gabriel, who has been outspoken in his criticism of U.S. foreign policy since President Donald Trump took office a year ago, said the United States was right to address concerns about Iran's strategy in the Middle East.

However, Congress passed the ball back to Trump by letting the deadline on reimposing sanctions on Iran pass. Trump is expected to decide whether to keep the agreement or abrogates it on Friday. "And there have been ongoing discussions regarding this", Reuters cited Goldstein as saying.

Under the accord, Iran slowed its nuclear program in exchange for an easing of worldwide economic sanctions.

Iran's Atomic Energy Organization chief had earlier warned that the country would reconsider its cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) if the U.S. fails to implement its commitments as per the nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is due to travel for talks with the European parties to the deal - Britain, France, Germany and the EU - at the end of the week.

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"Iran has fully lived up to its commitments regarding the deal as it has been repeatedly, 10 times, confirmed by the IAEA".

Prior to that, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Ali Akbar Salehi, said on Monday that Tehran might reconsider its cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency if the U.S. reneged on sanctions relief. At the same time, USA law requires the president to decide every 90 days whether to "certify" that the nuclear deal remains in America's national security interests. Some of those more targeted measures could be leveled against firms and individuals whose sanctions were scrapped in the 2015 accord.

A third USA official said Trump was expected by some officials to renew the sanctions waivers but stressed that no final decision had been made.

Mogherini and the foreign ministers also held their ground in responding cautiously to recent deadly street protests in Iran, refraining from criticism of the Tehran government and showing no concern about accusations by Trump and others that Europe has been too soft on the Islamic Republic.

They will also urge Iran to continue to comply with worldwide inspectors, the diplomats said.

Such measures, said Mr. Zarate, "would be consistent with the agreement's allowance for the application of non-nuclear sanctions".

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