Bolton Warns Sanctions Possible for Doing Business With Iran

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US President Donald Trump signs a document reinstating sanctions against Iran after announcing the US withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear deal, in the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on May 8, 2018.

After China, the Iranian foreign minister was scheduled to fly to Moscow for talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov and then Brussels to consult with British, French and German foreign ministers as well as European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini.

The possible collapse of a deal which had promised to keep Iran in check comes as Israel attacked Iran's military installations in Syria.

At the same time, the government said it has tasked the president of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran with "taking all necessary steps in preparation for Iran to pursue industrial-scale enrichment without any restrictions".


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.

Yet interestingly enough, South Korea is now looking for ways to continue importing Iranian crude, its economic ministry said a day after Trump's announcement.

Meanwhile, European diplomats in Tehran fumed that Trump's decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal could undermine years of patient work to restore commercial and diplomatic ties with the Islamic Republic.

On Friday, France urged Europeans to stand up to Trump over the nuclear deal and not act as "vassals", as the European Union scrambles to find ways to save the accord and the billions of dollars in trade it spurred.


Khamenei said this week he is highly doubtful that Europe will provide the "real guarantees" needed for Iran to stay in the nuclear deal. "Do we accept that the United States is the economic gendarme of the planet?"

"This deal is not a bilateral treaty. It's a U.N. Security Council Resolution and it belongs to the entire world", said Mogherini, who will chair talks Tuesday with the British, French, German and Iranian foreign ministers in Brussels.

"They agreed on the need for calm on all sides and on the importance of tackling Iran's destabilising activity in the region".

Zarif said American foreign policy had "dragged the Middle East into chaos". Until now, Mr. Pompeo has taken the lead in preparing for that meeting, relying heavily on his former staff at the C.I.A. and making little use of the State Department or the National Security Council. "They agreed for talks to take place between our teams".


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