European Union head slams Trump over trade policies, Iran deal

European Union head slams Trump over trade policies, Iran deal

SOFIA, Bulgaria - European Union Council President Donald Tusk on Wednesday derided the actions of the United States under President Trump as "capricious", noting: "Someone could even think 'with friends like that, who needs enemies?'". "But frankly speaking, Europe should be grateful by President Trump.

Looking at the latest decisions of President Trump, some could even think, 'With friends like that, who needs enemies?'"

But with the United States saying it had pulled out of the deal because of broader worries about Tehran's actions, the leaders said they would also "address concerns about Iran's role in the region, Iran's ballistic missile programme and what happens after 2025".

"The EU and USA are friends and partners, therefore United States tariffs can not be justified on the basis of national security", Tusk said.

The EU's hopes have been complicated by the fact that European companies would also be exposed to U.S. sanctions imposed on anyone doing business in Iran.

At dinner talks in the Bulgarian capital, European Union leaders were briefed on possible incentives to keep Tehran in the nuclear agreement despite the USA pulling out.

Exactly a week ago, Trump announced the USA will be withdrawing from the "terrible" Iran deal and re-imposing sanctions that were suspended in 2016 under the terms of the agreement negotiated by the Obama administration.

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European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker was due to present options to protect the substantial European investment in Iran.

The French energy giant Total said Wednesday that it will cease operations in Iran by November in order to avoid US sanctions, while the Danish shipping firm Maersk and German insurer Alianz also have signaled their intentions of pulling out of Iran unless the companies secure tariff exemptions from Washington.

"We are determined to ensure that the JCPOA stays in place", said Mogherini. But it's still in the making, we don't have all the answers yet.

In his criticism of the accord, which the other signatories Russian Federation and China also want to uphold, Trump has said it did not go far enough in restraining Iran's ability to develop nuclear weapons, while not addressing its missile programme and involvement in various conflicts in the Middle East.

Before visiting Europe, Zarif first traveled to China and later Russian Federation, the two other signatory nations that have supported the JCPOA, on the first leg of his diplomatic mission.

Mr. Trump's decision last week to abandon the Iran nuclear deal - negotiated by Iran and the United States, Britain, China, France, Germany and Russian Federation - left Europe scrambling to preserve the agreement.

Guterres, for his part, said he did not expect the Security Council to re-impose sanctions that were lifted when the deal was implemented.

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