Bolton says sanctions are possible against doing business with Iran

Blanche Robertson
May 14, 2018

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday that withdrawing from the 2015 agreement wasn't aimed at Europeans, but he didn't rule out the USA imposing sanctions on entities that continue to do business with Iran, even as efforts continue to strike a new deal.

But the Trump administration appears to agree with outside critics of the deal who say the Europeans will eventually realize the USA market is more important to them ― and give up on the landmark accord.

Recall that the United States withdrawal from the agreement with Iran was an unpleasant surprise for the European allies of Washington, provoking instability in the oil market and strengthen the threat of war in the middle East.

Pompeo, who is barely a fortnight into his new job, told Fox News Sunday that he had been tasked by the president "to work to strike a deal that achieves the outcomes that protect America". That's what we're going to do and I'll work hard with Europeans in next few days.

Previously, Donald trump threatened sanctions on any foreign company that does business with Iran in certain sectors of the economy.

White House National Security adviser John Bolton on Sunday said US sanctions on European companies that do business with Iran were "possible", but Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he remained hopeful Washington and its allies could strike a new nuclear deal with Tehran. Bolton said on ABC's "This Week".

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"They were shifting the balance of power in the Middle East until President Trump got out of this deal".

In a separate interview on CNN's "State of the Union", he said Iran's economic condition is "really quite shaky", so the impact of sanctions "could be dramatic".

Bolton on Sunday reiterated the administration line that the USA wants to work with its partners in new ways to counter a whole range of Iranian activity ― from its nuclear development to its support for forces around the Middle East that often work against American interests. Iranian exports to Europe quadrupled in 2016, year after agreement, and on contrary many European companies, such as Airbus aircraft manufacturer Consortium, are bringing juice to Iran.

Germany, France and Britain were three of the six signatories to the 2015 pact which saw sanctions lifted in return for the commitment by Tehran not to acquire nuclear weapons. Zarif hopes to redesign the deal without American involvement.

As a private citizen, Bolton in the past has suggested that the United States push for a change in government in Iran.

For average Iranians, many of whom attended Friday's demonsrations, wrote Amir Ahmadi Arian and Rahman Bouzari in the New York Times on Thursday, the news of Trump's move "elicited feelings of bitterness and resignation".

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