Iran warns U.S. against withdrawing from n

Reuters reported in February that the U.S. might accept a commitment to improve the deal over time, according to a State Department cable that suggested the president might accept a lower threshold than he publicly outlined in January.

His remarks came after Reuters reported Friday that according to a confidential document, Britain, France and Germany have proposed fresh European Union sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missiles and its role in Syria conflict, in a bid to persuade Washington to preserve the 2015 nuclear deal. The Trump administration at that time not only called for new sanctions on Iran over its "maligning" regional behavior and ballistic missile program, but also a reopening of the nuclear deal itself - and a unilateral extension of its most controversial terms, beyond several key expiration dates set to arrive in 10 to 15 years.

The United States and three European allies have had "very good" talks on President Donald Trump's demand that their nuclear deal with Iran be improved by a May 12 deadline, a US envoy said on Friday.

The steps would go beyond what a US State Department cable seen by Reuters last month outlined as a path to satisfy Trump: simply committing to improving the nuclear deal. He added that without the full commitment of the US and all parties, it is not possible to imagine the survival of the agreement.

Although the nuclear deal lifted nuclear-related sanction, the USA kept in place - and even increased - sanctions against Iran's financial sector and individuals linked to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps for its ballistic missile programs, and other activities US officials say links Iran to terrorism.

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The E3, Iran and advocates of the nuclear deal in the US saw Tillerson's firing as a harbinger of Trump's ultimate withdrawal.

The Reuters report coincided with a meeting in Vienna on March 16 between Araghchi and European European representatives on the implementation of the nuclear deal.

Iranian leaders have repeatedly ruled out re-opening negotiations, saying all sides should stick to the 2015 deal.

The president is considered about the deal's "sunset clauses" as well as about Iran's ballistic missile program. Trump does not like the deal's limited duration, among other things. USA sanctions will resume unless Trump issues fresh "waivers" to suspend them on May 12.

He also said no one would benefit from new anti-Iran sanctions.

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"With [Trump's intended replacement for Tillerson] Mike Pompeo, we have a very similar thought process".

State Department policy planning chief Brian Hook, who led the USA delegation, has scheduled a press briefing later in the day.

The top Iranian diplomat has warned the United States against a "painful mistake" of withdrawing from the deal which is formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The President of United States Donald Trump, earlier this week, had sacked Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, ending his short but tumultuous tenure as the nation's chief diplomat. Any effort to squeeze Pyongyang on its nuclear program will need a unified global front, not one riven by internal dissension over other issues.

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