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European Union angry as other states celebrate USA exit from Iran deal

European Union angry as other states celebrate USA exit from Iran deal

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini will host the talks between the so-called E3 powers and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, her office said in a statement.

Major European powers have sought to keep Iran in a landmark worldwide nuclear agreement after President Donald Trump pulled the USA out of the pact and promised tough economic sanctions against Tehran.

The comments come as the US President Donald Trump pulled his country out of the deal on Tuesday evening.

Merkel said the Europeans aren't "blind" to threats posed by Iran's activities in Syria to Israel, for example. "But it's unlikely they can keep doing business today, giving room to Russian Federation", he told Agence France Presse.

"Do we accept extraterritorial sanctions?"

"The deal and the lifting of sanctions in 2015 marked the return of European business to Iran".

Iran will prepare for the "industrial scale" production of nuclear fuel even as it seeks guarantees from other countries to honor the Iran deal despite the recent United States' withdrawal from the agreement. However, it never went into effect: Shortly after taking office, Trump signed an executive order that took the USA out of the deal, thus keeping it from entering into force.

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Maas, who was on his first trip to Moscow, said it's important to maintain a frank and constructive dialogue with Russian Federation despite differences.

"We are analyzing the situation and the impact of the [US] announcement on all our contractual agreements and we will then first discuss with our customers", Airbus said in a statement on Monday. The U.S. and its allies...are in no position to impose restrictions on the Islamic Republic of Iran's lawful means of defense, including defensive ballistic missiles which have been created to carry conventional weapons based on the bitter experiences of the war with the regime of Saddam Hussein. He also accused Trump of "ignorance and folly".

Among Washington's allies the mood is not celebratory as Europe's largest economies are lobbying to protect their companies' investments in Iran.

The U.S. has threatened sanctions on companies that do business with Iran.

On Sunday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington still wants to work with Europe to counter Iran's "malign behaviour" and was working hard to thrash out a more wide-ranging deal with its European partners.

Exports of German goods to Iran rose by around 400 million euros to 3 billion euros. "He plans to exchange opinions with each side on developments related to the Iranian nuclear program", the spokesperson said.