Russia: Iran Must Offer Concessions on Nuclear Deal

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Trump also announced that the United States re-imposes the "highest level of economic sanctions" on the Islamic Republic, including the sanctions against the country's oil sector.

"As you know very well, we have many other disagreements", she said.

The Washington Post also relied on data from the institute in looking into the President's claim and likewise reported an increase in Iranian military expenditures of "nearly 30 percent" from 2015 to a year ago.

Earlier on Sunday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Iran would remain committed to the deal "if the remaining five countries abide by the agreement". But the reach of the USA financial system, the dominance of the dollar and the presence of European companies' operations in the United States all weaken any potential EU measures.

Under the deal signed in Vienna with six world powers - China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, the US, Germany, and the European Union - Iran scaled back its uranium enrichment programme and promised not to pursue nuclear weapons in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions.

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Tusk also mentioned looking into ways to protect European companies from "negative consequences of the United States decision".

When pressed on the matter further, he said, "I think the Europeans will see that it's in their interest ultimately to come along with us".

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"The Europeans, after the withdrawal of the U.S. from the deal, have found themselves forced to save the joint co-operative plan of action themselves", he said. "Russia is outwitting the U.S. in the Middle East because it has a strategy, which America lacks", says von Maltzahn.

"It was a good and constructive meeting", he said, adding that "we are on the right track.to make sure that the interests of the remaining signatories of the JCPOA, especially Iran, will be guaranteed". The same may be said of another key USA policy - Mr Trump's economic protectionism.

"Short of war, the only way Iran's crude sales could be disrupted is if European and certain Asian buyers revert back to their pre-2015 embargo policy - and there is virtually zero chance of that", Raymond James energy analyst Pavel Molchanov said in email. "If a supply dislocation emerges and inventories get abnormally low, then OPEC and Russian Federation may act", said Yasser El Guindi, market strategist at Energy Aspects.

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The EU insists the deal is working, pointing to repeated United Nations inspections verifying Iran's compliance with its side of the bargain, and Mogherini's spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic told AFP ahead Zarif's arrival that "we must do our utmost to preserve it".

Merkel said in a speech to a labor union congress in Berlin that President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the 2015 agreement marked "a shift in German-American, in European-American relations". "I think that will sink in; we'll see what happens then", Bolton said. So at the moment, there's some feeling in Europe that they're really surprised we got out of it, really surprised at the reimposition of strict sanctions, Bolton said.

Germany said it will spend the next few months trying to persuade Washington to change its mind.

Germany's minister for economic affairs, Peter Altmaier, said on Sunday that Berlin will try to "persuade the USA government to change its behavior".

"We don't want the U.S. pullout from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action to become a prelude for a further spike in military tensions in the Middle East, although the danger of this is evident", Ryabkov said, adding, "This danger followed the United States decision and what happened then is growing, according to our assessments".

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