USA faces European backlash against Iran sanctions

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Making the rounds on the Sunday morning shows, National Security Adviser John Bolton expressed hope that European countries would follow President Trump's lead and exit the Iran nuclear deal. Bolton said on ABC's "This Week".

Trump on May 8 announced his intention to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, calling the multilateral pact "defective at its core" and unable to fully prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. The announcement triggered USA plans to reimpose sanctions on the Islamic Republic within roughly three to six months.

They called on the US not to prohibit the future success of the deal, despite its withdrawal. "To the Iranian people I say: do not let anyone dismantle this deal, one of the greatest achievements of the worldwide community. the culmination of 12 years of diplomacy". "It depends on the conduct of other governments", adding he believes "they may try to [stay in the deal], in part because I think, despite President Trump's complete consistency in opposition to the deal ... many people, including, apparently, former Secretary of State John Kerry, thought that we never would get out of it".

Bolton expressed optimism that European allies will follow Trump's lead and exit the deal, despite the assertions of the leaders of France, the United Kingdom, and Germany that they intend to remain in the agreement.

"The rationale for getting out of the deal is it was contrary to American national security interests when we got into it and it hadn't gotten any better with age, " Bolton said.

The policy of the United States administration is not to change the government in Iran, Bolton noted, saying that it is to ensure that Iran never approaches the acquisition of nuclear weapons and their delivery systems. "Because of our technology licenses to many other countries and businesses around the world, as those sanctions kick in, it will have an even broader effect as well".

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates said while the Iran deal was "a flawed agreement" because of a lack of unfettered inspections and other problems, leaving the deal isolates the US and Trump should have extended it for at least another six months to work with allies.

"There is a realization among all European states what we can not keep going in the direction we are headed today whereby we submit to American decisions", Le Maire told reporters in Paris.

The US Treasury is giving companies at least six months to cancel their contracts, which includes purchases of Iranian oil.