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Days before Europeans warned Iran of nuclear deal violations, Trump secretly threatened to impose 25% tariff on European autos if they didn't | WaPo |

A week before Germany, France and Britain formally accused Iran of breaching the 2015 nuclear deal, the Trump administration issued a private threat to the Europeans that shocked officials in all three countries.

If they refused to call out Tehran and initiate an arcane dispute mechanism in the deal, the United States would impose a 25 percent tariff on European automobiles, the Trump officials warned, according to European officials familiar with the conversations.

Within days, the three countries would formally accuse Iran of violating the deal, triggering a recourse provision that could reimpose United Nations sanctions on Iran and unravel the last remaining vestiges of the Obama-era agreement.

The U.S. effort to coerce European foreign policy through tariffs, a move one European official equated to "extortion," represents a new level of hardball tactics with America's oldest allies, underscoring the extraordinary tumult in the transatlantic relationship.

Iran: Europeans cannot invoke nuclear deal dispute mechanism | France24 - Nov. 2019 |

JCPOA Dispute Mechanism Already Used by Iran, Spokesman Tells EU3

    Mousavi said, "First of all, it is necessary to explain that the measure by the three European countries is deemed to be a totally passive action taken from the position of weakness. The process of settlement of disputes over the JCPOA was triggered by the Islamic Republic of Iran more than a year ago with the formal letters that our country's Minister of Foreign Affairs has sent to the JCPOA Joint Commission's coordinator. Thus, nothing new has happened, be it in terms of the processes or in operational terms."

Trump threat has been hanging over relations with Europe for over a year ...

Trump expected to delay European auto tariff decision: EU officials | Reuters - Nov. 11, 2019 |

    The Trump administration has a mid-November deadline to decide whether to impose threatened "Section 232" national security tariffs of as much as 25% on imported vehicles and parts under a Cold War-era trade law.


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