Rhetoric over U.S. exit from Iran deal rises amid sanctions threat

Postado Mai 16, 2018

ANKARA, May 10 (Reuters) - Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said on Thursday that U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to quit a multinational nuclear deal would not affect Tehran's oil exports.

So far, China, France, Russia, Britain, Germany and Iran remain in the accord, which placed controls on Iran's nuclear program and led to a relaxation of economic sanctions against Iran and companies doing business there. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has constantly maintained that Iran is sticking to the terms of the agreement and is not cheating, a fact independently verified by the USA military as well.

"We are stakeholders in the Vienna agreement and we are going to stay stakeholders", Le Drian told reporters in Dublin on Sunday.

Germany said it will spend the next few months trying to persuade Washington to change its mind.

"Our trade with New Zealand is the importing dairy products from NZ, if they want to impose sanctions then they must ban the companies from exporting the commodities to Iran".

When asked whether the United States might impose sanctions on European companies that continue to do business with Iran, Bolton told CNN: "It's possible".

"Now, even though hardline critics of the government say they support the president, they are predicting that this will shake the foundation of Rouhani's cabinet", added Basravi.

Iran's Petroleum Minister Bijan Namdar Zangeneh has said that the USA exit from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal will not affect the oil industry, state TV reported on Friday. Heightened geopolitical fears in the Middle East often raise prices. "Now, that will not happen!"

On 8 May President Donald Trump denounced the deal, saying he would withdraw the U.S. from it.

Germany's minister for economic affairs Peter Altmaier said last week that Berlin will try to "persuade the United States government to change its behaviour".

In an interview with ZDF public television, Altmaier noted the United States has set a 90-day deadline for foreign firms to comply with the return of sanctions and that this period can be used to convince Washington to change course.

French President Emmanuel Macron held phone talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, according to a Kremlin statement, which said they had "confirmed Russia and France's commitment to make the deal work". Bolton said on ABC's "This Week".

"Iran had never made a strategic decision to give up nuclear weapons".

In the CNN interview, Bolton did not respond directly when asked whether Trump might seek "regime change" in Iran, or whether the USA military would be ordered to make a pre-emptive strike against any Iranian nuclear facility.

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said, however, that it could be hard to protect European firms from any fallout from the USA decision.

Airbus, which is subject to the USA license because it makes at least 10 per cent of its aircraft components in the US, says it will abide by the new USA sanctions but it could take "some time" to determine the full impact on the industry.

The price of oil rose sharply on Wednesday to its highest since 2014 on expectations that the new sanctions will crimp Iranian energy exports.

"However, if they resist the pressure from America, then I expect to see a small number of refineries being targeted by the U.S. treasury - imposing heavy fines on them to make an example for other refineries".