Don't Do Business With Iran, Bolton Warns Euro Firms

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In his speech announcing the United States' withdrawal from the deal and re-imposition of sanctions on Iran, Trump said "any nation that helps Iran in its quest for nuclear weapons could also be strongly sanctioned by the United States".

"Iran was shifting the balance of power in the Middle East until President Trump got out of this deal", Bolton said.

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.

President Donald Trump proclaims his choice to withdraw the U.S. from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal within the Diplomatic Room on the White, Might 8, 2018.

"I think at the moment there's some feeling in Europe - they're really surprised we got out of it, really surprised at the reimposition of strict sanctions".

"I don't believe we will ever be able to put Humpty-Dumpty back together again", James Clapper, former director of national intelligence, said on "Fareed Zakaria's Global Positioning System".

"The leaders of the U.K., France, Germany issued a joint statement, emphasizing their, quote, 'continued commitment to the nuclear deal, '" Raddatz said.

Trump's decision to scrap the nuclear deal was sharply criticised by European leaders, who have pledged to uphold their side of the agreement.

"I don't know how to explain why people could miss what the president was saying", Bolton said. "If you look at the advances that Iran has made under cover of this agreement, its conventional military and terrorist advances - in Iraq, in Syria, in Lebanon, in Yemen, since 2015 - Iran was really on the march".

Since the deal went into effect in 2016, lifting some sanctions in exchange for Iran opening up its nuclear facilities for inspections and accepting limits on its enrichment of uranium, Europe-Iran trade has mushroomed and companies based in the European Union have signed deals worth billions of dollars with Tehran.

Although most analysts believe the U.S. withdrawal has effectively scuppered the agreement, Iran's foreign minister talked up the prospects of its survival on Sunday while visiting China, another of the signatories.

"The policy of the administration is to make sure that Iran never gets close to deliverable nuclear weapons", Bolton said on the ABC program "This Week".

Kerry - former President Barack Obama's chief negotiator in the talks with Iran - has recently sought to salvage the deal and undermine Trump's authority by meeting with Iran's foreign minister prior to the chief executive's withdrawal announcement. He announced that the US will not hesitate to impose sanctions on any nation that helps Iran's interests. "I think that will sink in; we'll see what happens then", Bolton said.

Requested by Raddatz if the USA would impose sanctions on European nations that stay within the Iran settlement, Bolton instructed that might occur.

"Nor have we had, for the reason that implementation of the deal, sufficient, actually any, inspection of army services the place the weaponization actions of the Iranians is perhaps performed", Bolton mentioned. "I think recognizing reality always enhances the chances for peace".