European Union official says bloc supports nuclear deal with Iran

European Union official says bloc supports nuclear deal with Iran

Because if Iran becomes a nuclear power, its neighbours are likely to want to become nuclear powers.

Iran announced on May 8, one year after the United States withdrew from the deal, that it was suspending some of its commitments under the agreement.

Over the recent weeks, Washington has ratcheted up pressure against Tehran with a series of sanctions, designations and military threats.

The focus of the meeting in Brussels is to exchange views on ways to continue economic transactions with Iran in the face of US' unilateral sanctions.

"It's always better to talk than rather not to, especially when tensions arise", she said.

"Yes, he will fly directly to Sochi", the diplomat said in response to the question about the visit.

Pompeo, who met individually with the ministers but not in a joint setting, did not speak to reporters as he was entering or leaving European Union headquarters.

"We all agree in Europe that this (Iran nuclear) deal is necessary for our security".

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, left, waits for the start of a meeting at the European Council, in Brussels, on May 13, 2019.

Pompeo's visit to Brussels means he is scrapping a stop expected on Monday in Moscow.


US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo crashed a meeting of European foreign ministers in Brussels today to push for a united transatlantic front against Tehran and its nuclear programme.

U.S. diplomats downplayed talk of a split.

It also comes less than a month after special counsel Robert Mueller released his report detailing extensive contacts between the Trump administration and the Russian government, but finding no conspiracy to interfere in the election.

Asked if he himself believed there was the possibility of an Iranian role, Hook had no comment.

Tensions mounted last week, when Iranian President Hassan Rouhani gave the remaining signatories 60 days to come up with a plan to shield his country from sanctions imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump after the U.S. withdrew from the deal.

But the Europeans said they are fearful about the behaviour of both Iran and the Trump Administration.

"Getting alongside side Russian Federation and China, getting alongside side all of them is very accurate part, not a tainted part. If they do anything they will suffer greatly".

The UAE said on Sunday that four commercial vessels of various nationalities had been targeted by acts of sabotage off the emirate of Fujairah. It did not describe the nature of the attack or say who was behind it.

He said that Iran was the principle topic of the bilateral meetings, but that Pompeo also discussed Venezuela, Ukraine, Syria, Libya and "issues relating to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation". "We do not want it to rise to a military escalation", he added. "We have to be wary of tit-for-tat provocations, and those that may be misinterpreted - or even false flag actions".

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