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John Bolton threatens sanctions for European companies operating in Iran

John Bolton threatens sanctions for European companies operating in IranJohn Bolton, Donald Trump’s hawkish National Security Adviser, on Sunday warned European companies they would face sanctions if they continued working in Iran, raising the prospect of a transatlantic rift over how to handle Tehran. However, at the same time, Mike Pompeo, the Secretary of State, said he was hopeful Washington could still strike a new nuclear deal with Europe. The diverging tones suggest splits within the administration about how to work with the international community in reining in Iran’s military and territorial ambitions. For its part, Iran at the weekend launched a diplomatic effort to keep the deal alive. President Hassan Rouhani said: “If the remaining five countries continue to abide by the agreement, Iran will remain in the deal despite the will of America.” Theresa May spoke with Mr Rouhani on Sunday afternoon to reiterate the UK's position of upholding the nuclear deal, Downing Street confirmed on Sunday night. “She said it is in both the UK and Iran’s national security interests to maintain the deal and welcomed President Rouhani’s public commitment to abide by its terms, adding that it is essential that Iran continues to meet its obligations," a No 10 spokesperson said. The US decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal last week has angered European leaders, risking a transatlantic rift as they consider protecting companies against American sanctions. Mr Bolton said sanctions on European companies were “possible”. “I think the Europeans will see that it's in their interest ultimately to come along with us,” he told CNN. Iran nuclear deal | Related content But speaking on Fox News Sunday, Mr Pompeo offered more conciliatory language and insisted the decision to withdraw had not been aimed at the UK or the European Union. “I'm hopeful in the days and weeks ahead we can come up with a deal that really works, that really protects the world from Iranian bad behaviour, not just their nuclear programme, but their missiles and their malign behaviour as well," he said. In announcing his decision to withdraw, Mr Trump was making good on a campaign promise. He and American officials have long expressed concern that the nuclear deal did nothing to stem Iranian missile tests or thwart its activities supporting militias or proxies throughout the Middle East. Javad Zarif in Beijing as he attempts to shore up what is left of the nuclear deal Credit: Reuters For its part, Tehran has launched a diplomatic effort to keep the deal together. Javad Zarif, the foreign minister, has embarked on a tour of signatories aimed at persuading them to help protect Iran from US sanctions. After meeting his counterpart in Beijing, Mr Zarif said on Sunday: “We hope that with this visit to China and other countries we will be able to construct a clear future design for the comprehensive agreement.”



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John Bolton: Trump Sanctions On European Companies "Possible" Over Iran

John Bolton: Trump Sanctions On European Companies "Possible" Over IranWASHINGTON ― White House national security adviser John Bolton warned on



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China's ZTE says US sanctions have crippled operations

China's ZTE says US sanctions have crippled operationsChinese telecom giant ZTE said its major operations had “ceased” following last month’s US ban on American sales of critical technology to the company, raising the possibility of its collapse. ZTE, which makes telecoms equipment and handsets, is still “actively communicating” with the US side “to facilitate the modification or reversal” of the ban and “forge a positive outcome”, the filing said. US officials imposed the seven-year ban last month after ZTE allegedly made false statements regarding its settlement of a case involving the illegal sale of goods to Iran and North Korea.



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Explainer: If Trump revives Iran sanctions, they'll take time to come back

Explainer: If Trump revives Iran sanctions, they'll take time to come backBy Arshad Mohammed WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Reports of the Iran nuclear deal’s imminent demise might just be premature. President Donald Trump will decide by May 12 whether to restore U.S. economic sanctions on Tehran, which would be a severe blow to the 2015 pact between Iran and six major powers. Under the deal, Tehran agreed to curb its nuclear program in return for relief from economic sanctions.



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Trump squirming over Russia sanctions ties White House in knots

Trump squirming over Russia sanctions ties White House in knotsCarol Leonnig, national investigative reporter for The Washington Post, talks with Rachel Maddow about Donald Trump's panicked concern about appearing to sanction Russia more than other countries and turning back his own.



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Republicans Befuddled By Trump’s Abrupt Reversal On New Russia Sanctions

Republicans Befuddled By Trump’s Abrupt Reversal On New Russia SanctionsWASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump's sudden decision not to impose tough new



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US to impose new Russia sanctions over Syria: Haley

US to impose new Russia sanctions over Syria: HaleyThe United States will impose new sanctions on Russia over an alleged chemical attack by the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad, US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Sunday. Haley said the sanctions, to be announced Monday by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, would target companies that supplied Damascus with equipment and other material related to chemical weapons.



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US to impose new Russia sanctions over Syria: Haley

US to impose new Russia sanctions over Syria: HaleyThe United States will impose new sanctions on Russia over an alleged chemical attack by the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad, US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Sunday. Haley said the sanctions, to be announced Monday by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, would target companies that supplied Damascus with equipment and other material related to chemical weapons.



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US to impose new sanctions on Russia in wake of Syria chemical attack, says UN ambassador Nikki Haley

US to impose new sanctions on Russia in wake of Syria chemical attack, says UN ambassador Nikki HaleyWashington will impose new sanctions on Russia, US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has said – as Western allies look to put some diplomatic clout behind military strikes launched on Syria in the wake of an apparent chemical weapon attack. “Russian sanctions will be coming down,” Ms Haley said during on appearance on CBS’ Face the Nation, adding that the new sanctions are expected to be announced by treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin on Monday. It comes as the US, UK and France – who took part in the retaliatory strikes – push a draft resolution ahead of a meeting of the UN’s Security Council, also on Monday, which includes a proposal for an independent investigation into alleged chemical weapons attacks that identifies those responsible.



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New U.S. sanctions will hurt Washington and Europe more than Russia: lawmaker

New U.S. sanctions will hurt Washington and Europe more than Russia: lawmakerNew U.S. sanctions against Moscow will be hard for Russia but do more damage to the United States and Europe, RIA news agency cited a senior Russian lawmaker as saying on Sunday. U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said earlier on Sunday that Washington was preparing new sanctions against Russia over its support for Syrian President Bashar-al Assad.



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