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European leaders scramble to save the Iranian nuclear deal

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Despite the overwhelming evidence exposed by Israeli intelligence that Iran is actively seeking to build nuclear weapons, these Eurofools are scrambling to save their nuke deal and continue to do business with the Islamic Republic. Their short-sightedness is as suicidal in this case as it is with regard to their immigration policies. They don’t care about all the “Death to America!” and “Death to Israel!” screams — they think those screams don’t apply to them. They’re in for a rude awakening.

“Macron and other European leaders pledge to salvage Iran deal,” by Melissa Bell, Saskya Vandoorne and James Masters, CNN, May 9, 2018:

Paris (CNN)French President Emmanuel Macron reaffirmed Europe’s commitment to the Iran nuclear deal Wednesday while urging Tehran to take part in future discussions over its ballistic missile program.

A day after US President Donald Trump announced he was quitting the pact, putting him on a collision course with some of the US’ closest allies, Macron spoke with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani by telephone as attempts to salvage the deal began in earnest.

According to an Élysée Palace readout of the call, Macron urged Iran to “engage in a wide discussion with all parties involved” on topics including the country’s nuclear program after 2025, its ballistic missiles and its actions across the Middle East.

Macron confirmed that the French and Iranian foreign ministers would meet soon to ensure progress.

Earlier Wednesday, France’s Foreign Secretary Jean-Yves Le Drian had attempted to calm tensions by insisting the Iran deal was “not dead.”

“The American logic is an isolationist, protectionist and unilateral logic,” Le Drian told French radio station RTL. “This is a break with international commitment and France deeply regrets this decision. We will bring businesses together in the coming days to try and preserve them as much as possible from the US measures.”

Representatives from France, the UK and Germany — key signatories to the six-nation negotiating group that brokered the 2015 Obama-era Iran deal — would meet with their Iranian counterparts on Monday and were committed to preserving the agreement, Le Drian said….

“Europe punches back after Trump’s Iran decision,” by David M. Herszenhorn, Politico, May 10, 2018:

European leaders on Wednesday began drawing up plans to preserve the Iran nuclear accord, in defiance of President Donald Trump’s Tuesday decision to abandon what he called the “rotten” agreement.

The possible action includes legislation that would block Washington from punishing European companies that continue to do business with Iran. It reflects Europe’s deep frustration with Trump’s withdrawal from the 2015 deal despite the pleas of its top leaders.

Trump’s action has inflamed a transatlantic relationship already strained by his threat to impose tariffs on European products, along with his 2017 withdrawal from the Paris climate accord. The leaders of Britain, France and Germany spent months trying to convince Trump to sustain the Iran deal, which they helped to negotiate. In a Tuesday statement, former Secretary of State John Kerry, who spearheaded the nuclear talks, warned that it “isolates [the U.S.] from our European allies.”

Trump’s move not only removes the U.S. from the nuclear pact but raises the specter of American sanctions on European companies that have embarked on business ventures in Iran.

On Wednesday, European leaders began to fight back.

European Union officials scrambled in Brussels Wednesday to pull together legislation aimed at defending European companies from Washington’s new crackdown on Iran….

“French Government Seeks Exemptions for Companies in Iran as Trump Pledges ‘Strongest Sanctions Ever’ on Tehran’s Rulers,” by Ben Cohen, Algemeiner, May 9, 2018:

France’s economy minister promised on Wednesday to seek “exemptions” for French companies engaged in trade with both the US and Iran, as President Donald Trump’s decision to exit the Iran nuclear deal raised fears across Europe about the economic effects of restoring tough American sanctions on the Tehran regime.

“It is not acceptable for the US to be the economic policeman of the planet,” Bruno Le Maire, the economy minister, said during an interview with broadcaster France Culture when asked about the prospect of French companies being penalized in America for trading with Iran.

Le Maire noted that France had tripled its trade with Iran in the two-year period following the announcement of the nuclear deal in July 2015. Any US punitive measures would compound the challenges faced by European companies that were already confronted with “considerable economic difficulties,” the economy minister went on to claim.

French companies including oil giant Total and car manufacturer Renault are among a list of high-profile US and European companies that will need to wind up their operations in Iran by November 14 this year — 180 days from the American withdrawal from the nuclear deal on May 8. Total’s US operations could face penalties if the company sticks with a planned $5 billion investment in Iran’s oil industry….

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