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EU slaps Trump in the face, urges ‘increased business with Iran’

EU says encouraging trade with Iran is crucial to nuke deal on the day the US sanctions snap back into effect.

By: AP

The European Union’s foreign policy chief encouraged companies to do more business with Iran despite new U.S. sanctions, saying Tehran had upheld its commitments under the deal to limit its nuclear program.

Federica Mogherini told reporters Tuesday during her trip to Wellington, New Zealand, that it’s up to Europeans to decide whom they want to trade with.

“We are doing our best to keep Iran in the deal, to keep Iran benefiting from the economic benefits that the agreement brings to the people of Iran because we believe this is in the security interests of not only our region, but also of the world,” she said. “If there is one piece of international agreements on nuclear non-proliferation that is delivering, it has to be maintained.”

The United States reimposed stiff economic sanctions on Iran on Monday, ratcheting up pressure on the Islamic Republic despite statements of deep dismay from European allies, three months after President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the international accord limiting Iran’s nuclear activities.

Trump declared that the landmark 2015 agreement was “horrible,” leaving the Iranian government flush with cash to fuel conflict in the Middle East. Trump warned that those who don’t wind down their economic ties to Iran “risk severe consequences.”

Business as usual for EU?
German car and truck maker Daimler AG on Tuesday said it was suspending its “very limited” activities in Iran. In early 2016 the company announced plans for local truck production and cooperation with an Iranian partner but those plans had not panned out in a weak market. A representative office “will not be continued,” the company said.

Iran accused the U.S. of reneging on the nuclear agreement, signed by the Obama administration, and of causing recent Iranian economic unrest.

European allies said they “deeply regret” the U.S. action.

Trump said in a statement, “We urge all nations to take such steps to make clear that the Iranian regime faces a choice: either change its threatening, destabilizing behavior and reintegrate with the global economy, or continue down a path of economic isolation.”

A first set of reimposed U.S. sanctions affects financial transactions that involve U.S. dollars, Iran’s automotive sector, the purchase of commercial planes and metals including gold.

A second batch of U.S sanctions targeting Iran’s oil sector and central bank are to be reimposed in early November.

European ministers said the Iran deal was crucial for Europe’s and the world’s security, and the European Union issued a “blocking statute” Monday to protect European businesses from the impact of the sanctions.

Mogherini, speaking at a news conference alongside New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters, said the EU and New Zealand saw the need to maintain the nuclear deal with Iran, notwithstanding the U.S. withdrawal, and that she and Peters had discussed in detail how to keep open trade and financial channels with Iran.

“We are encouraging small and medium enterprises in particular to increase business with and in Iran as part of something (that) for us is a security priority,” Mogherini said, explaining that trade is an integral part of the nuclear deal.

Trade between Iran and the EU “is a fundamental aspect of the Iranian right to have an economic advantage in exchange for what they have done so far, which is being compliant with all their nuclear-related commitments,” Mogherini said.




Federica Mogherini周二在访问新西兰惠灵顿期间告诉记者,由欧洲人来决定他们想与谁交易。

“我们正在尽最大努力让伊朗参与这项协议,以使伊朗从协议给伊朗人民带来的经济利益中受益,因为我们认为这不仅符合我们地区的安全利益,也符合世界的安全利益。 ,“ 她说。 “如果有一项关于核不扩散的国际协议正在实施,就必须保持这种协议。”



德国汽车和卡车制造商戴姆勒公司(Daimler AG)周二表示,它正在暂停其在伊朗的“非常有限”的活动。 2016年初,该公司宣布了与伊朗合作伙伴进行本地卡车生产和合作的计划,但这些计划并未在疲软的市场中出现。该公司表示,代表处“不会继续”。











为欧盟国家看不见伊朗政府对以色列所做的危害,献上祷告:求主帮助欧盟国家看见天父的心意,不是单单眼前的经济利益,所做的一切要合神的旨意!顾念上帝对以色列的爱, 以色列的仇敌也是耶和华上帝的仇敌!

在那日,我要使耶路撒冷成为万民的一块沉重石头,凡举起它的必要受重伤;地上的万国都聚集攻击她。到那日,我必令一切的马匹惊慌,使骑马的癫狂。我必张开眼睛看顾犹大家,却使列国一切的马匹瞎眼,这是耶和华说的。( 撒加利亞书 12:3 – 4 )


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