US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday he expected the White House to impose new sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missile program and its destabilizing actions in the Middle East. But he said the decision on whether America would abolish other sanctions under the 2015 nuclear agreement, called JCPOA, is entirely up to President Donald Trump. The deadline for the decision is Friday (1/12). Meanwhile, according to VOA reporter Henry Ridgwell in London, other JCPOA signatories have expressed their support for the deal.
Protesters in Brussels demonstrated against the visit of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Thursday to show their solidarity against anti-government demonstrations in Iran.
But soon after being inside the EU office there, Zarif received a warmer welcome from his colleagues in the European Union, who insisted that the 2015 nuclear deal was proceeding as expected.
Federica Mogherini, Head of Foreign Policy Affairs of the European Union, said, "The agreement reached its primary goal, namely ensuring Iran's nuclear program is controlled and monitored at close range."
British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson said other Iranian acts on The Middle East should not affect the nuclear deal.
"We should not say but at the same time we have to focus on what Iran can do to help overcome the crisis in Yemen, help to secure peace in Syria, and help solve other problems in the region. "
The meeting took place at night ahead of a deadline for US President Donald Trump to decide whether to abolish sanctions against Iran under the nuclear deal.
Finance Minister Steve Mnuchin told reporters his decision was up to the president but he predicted there would be new sanctions from the White House. 19659003] "I estimate there will be new sanctions against Iran. We are still considering it. I think there will be new sanctions. "
The 2015 Agreement has put some sanctions against Tehran out after Iran halts its uranium enrichment activities. The UN nuclear agency, the IAEA, said Tehran abides by the terms of the deal.
But according to analyst Paulina Izewicz of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), Europe and the United States have different views on the agreement.
perspective of the United States, the deal is more than just nuclear. There are concerns about Iran's ballistic missile program and Iran's regional activities. The issues are not considered as important by Europe. "
While Europeans support the nuclear deal, Izewicz says the future of the deal depends on President Trump's decision.
" Although all parties have made great efforts to affirm that this is a deal multilaterally, the American decision is crucial to the deal. It's primarily concerned with loosening sanctions and the enormous influence of the United States. "
All attention is now pouring into Washington, precisely to Donald Trump, who is preparing to make a decision, which, according to some observers, of one of the most important foreign policies of the year his first presidential term. [ab/lt]