White House national security adviser John Bolton said Sunday that "it's possible" there will be secondary sanctions imposed on European companies as a result of the us withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal.
Bolton told Fox News in January that the United States should increase economic pressure on Tehran and provide support to government opponents.
US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that the United States was withdrawing from a 2015 deal negotiated by the Obama administration.
The nuclear deal was negotiated by then-president Barack Obama with Britain, China, France, Germany and Russian Federation to limit Iran's nuclear activities in return for relief from crippling global sanctions coordinated by the Obama administration.
"After all, Iran is ready to talk".
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, speaking in Dublin, declared: "We are stakeholders" and will remain so.
"The only way to avoid pain from these sanctions is negotiating with the US, but the instruments are not easy to find", Volker Treier, deputy managing director of Germany's Association of Chambers of Commerce and Industry, said in an interview.
The Weekly Standard reported yesterday that the Trump administration and members of Congress are considering a proposal from the Foundation of Defense of Democracies' Richard Goldberg that involves threatening European countries with protectionist trade tariffs on steel and aluminum if Europe tries to shield its companies' business with Iran. "It depends on the conduct of other governments".
"I have to tell you that I do not believe that regime change in Tehran is the objective that we should be seeking", Johnson said.
"How the United States imposes and enforces sanctions could set up a showdown with the United States" European partners who have said they will continue to abide by the agreement. "Now, that will not happen!"
With withdrawal from the JCPOA, the USA has re-imposed the highest level of economic sanctions on Iran.
U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin also noted in an announcement that "sanctions will be reimposed subject to certain 90 day and 180 day wind-down periods".
But, why is Europe scrambling to defend and save the Iran nuclear deal? Macron told Trump in their telephone call on Saturday that he was anxious about stability in the Middle East, according to Macron's office.
For weeks, the State Department has been working to bolster security at USA diplomatic posts around the Muslim world in advance of the embassy move, anticipating possible violence even as administration officials say the issue no longer galvanises the Mideast the way it once did.
Lavrov also voiced support for Iran's right to defend its "legitimate interests" as part of the agreement, which removed nuclear sanctions against Iran in early 2016 in exchange for certain limits to its civilian nuclear activities.
"I think there's a certain naivete to think, oh, the Iranians are going to be excited about a new deal when we ripped up the old one", Paul said.
"It's time that European countries opened their eyes", Le Maire said on Europe 1 radio.
"We might conceivably achieve regime change at some stage in the near future but I cannot with any confidence say that would be a change for the better because it seems equally plausible to me to imagine that Qasem Soleimani of the IRGC (Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps) could put himself in a very good position to take over from Ayatollah Khamenei for instance".
"I think the Europeans will see that's in their interest ultimately to go along with this", he said.