Germany and France have significant trade links with Iran and remain committed to the nuclear agreement, as does Britain, and all three countries' foreign ministers plan to meet on Tuesday to discuss it.
The United States' top diplomat said Sunday Washington still wants to work with its European partners on an agreement to counter Iran's "malign behavior" as US President Donald Trump justified his decision to withdraw from the landmark nuclear deal.
She adds: "These facts are consistent with what the United States has long known: Iran has a robust, clandestine nuclear weapons program that it has tried and failed to hide from the world and from its own people". "It's clear that there should also be economic incentives - that will not be easy after the USA decision", Maas said. Although the government's spokesperson threatened to take the United States to the World Trade Organization (WTO) over the secondary sanctions, President Emmanuel Macron, apparently unfazed by the cold shower he received in Washington, contributed more confusion by repeating his half-baked ideas about a "new, more extended deal" with Iran, covering missiles and Iran's "problematic role in the region".
Bolton was tapped by President Donald Trump in March to replace H.R. McMaster and is considered a hard-liner on many worldwide matters, including Iran.
"He introduced a new element, the element of leverage to a stale, non-productive reality that only encouraged the Iranians to continue their incredibly risky behaviour, particularly in Syria, by threatening Israel by surrounding it with missiles and expecting us to sit there and just wait until something happens". (The Israeli documents can be used to pressure Iran for additional access.) However, all inspections will end if the deal is junked.
Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said last week he was highly doubtful that Europe would provide the "real guarantees" needed for Iran to stay in the nuclear deal.
In a presentation Monday that made use of large visual aids, Netanyahu said Israeli intelligence had uncovered a trove of documents from Iran's "nuclear archives".
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"Do we want to be vassals who obey decisions taken by the United States while clinging to the hem of their pants?"
"Iran's Military Budget is up more than 40 percent since the Obama negotiated Nuclear Deal was reached. just another indicator that it was all a big lie".
National security adviser John Bolton on Sunday downplayed his past support for regime change as the Trump administration takes a more aggressive approach toward Iran.
Under the 2015 deal, Iran would reduce its ability to enrich uranium and allow inspections by an independent agency in return for the lifting of strict sanctions which were choking the country's stagnating economy. Now, Iran will likely up the pressure on those US troops and on USA soldiers in Iraq.
At his confirmation hearing in late April, current secretary of state and former head of the CIA Mike Pompeo said he has "seen no evidence that (Iran is) not in compliance (with JCPOA) today".
"At this point, we have to replace the United States, which as an global actor has lost vigour, and because of it, in the long term, influence", he said.
"I think at the moment there's some feeling in Europe that they're very surprised we got out of [the deal], very surprised at the reimposition of strict sanctions", Bolton added.