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EU willing to maintain Iran nuclear deal, risking rift with the US, 10 Jan
With the prospects of a potential US-Iran war fading, EU foreign minister during an emergency session on Friday (10 January), said they are willing to maintain the Iran nuclear deal as long as Tehran fullfils its commitments in order to achieve it.
"The region cannot afford another war, we call for an urgent de-escalation and maximum restraint," EU's chief diplomat Josep Borrell told reporters following the meeting in Brussels on Friday, that had reaffirmed European commitments preserving the Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action (JCPOA).
"Iran can never acquire a nuclear weapon, it would be catastrophic for the Middle East," [US Special Representative for [?] Iran, Brian] Hook said. "Now that we are outside of the Iran nuclear deal, we are in a much better position to deny Iran a nuclear weapon.

"It allows us to then forcibly respond to Iran's regional aggression and that is what we have done with our sanctions," Hook added.

At the same time as EU FM's discuss how to support and preserve the Iran nuclear deal to avoid escalation, US says that they will sanction anyone using the EU #INSTEX mechanism for dealing with Iran. That's US sanctions against EU for having its own policy. Extraordinary.

    -- Carl Bildt (@carlbildt) January 10, 2020

Borrell has invited Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamed Javad Zarif for talks to Brussels, but a date for his visit has yet to be set.
hmm. Who's taking the "L"?
by Cat on Sat Jan 11th, 2020 at 04:25:17 PM EST
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