European Leaders Promise To Stand-Up Against ‘Bullying’ of US President Trump and Save Iran Deal

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European leaders have promised that they would not be dictated to by Donald Trump as they struggled to save the Iran nuclear deal that was thrown into doubt by the President of the United States of America.

The governments of France and Germany emphasises the need for political independence from the US White House as they took some steps to safeguard the agreement which lifted the economic sanctions against Iran in exchange for limits on the nuclear programme of the country.

Bruno Le Maire, the Finance Minister of France, stated: “There is a realization among all European states what we cannot keep going in the direction we are headed today whereby we submit to American decisions.”

Regarding the relationship between the United States and the European Union, Heiko Maas, the Foreign Minister of Germany, said: “We are prepared to talk… but also to fight for our positions where necessary.”

The comments of the officials came as it was announced that Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom, will participate in emergency discussions with his Iranian counterpart in Brussels this coming week.

The said meeting will also be attended by the foreign ministers of France and Germany. It has been convened by Federica Mogherini, the high representative for foreign affairs of the European Union.

Mogherini uttered a thinly veiled verbal assault on the President of the United States as she expressed her determination to save the Iran nuclear deal during while she was talking in Florence on Saturday.

She said that with the world in a “state of chaos”, the European Union needs to control the tensions by saving the Iran deal.

She added: “I know this is not the mood of our times.

“It seems that today screaming and shouting, insulting and bullying, systematically destroying and dismantling everything that is already in place is the mood of our times.

“I have the impression that this impulse to destroy is not leading us anywhere good.”

Donald Trump described the deal as “one-sided” and “horrible” as he announced the withdrawal of the United States last Tuesday, which could result in penalties for businesses in Europe that have started trading with Iran since it was signed in 2013.

Last year, the exports of France to Iran doubled to €1.5 billion, while the exports of Germany increased by €400 million to €3 billion.

Today, while she was defending the deal at the state of the union conference organised by the European University Institute, Mogherini said that it had opened up trade while providing security in the region.

When she was asked whether it would be saved, Mogherini answered: “Yes.

“I’m not saying it’s easy. It’s going to be very difficult and it’s going to be very different from the past but our determination is to keep this agreement in place.”

She said that she had been encouraged by the commitment of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to abide by the deal if the other signatories did so.

Along with the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and the European Union, Russia and China are parties to the deal.

Today, Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin regarding ways to preserve the agreement.

She also had stern words for Trump. Merkel said that it was important to preserve a “strong transatlantic partnership.” However, she said:“If everybody does what they like, then this is bad news for the world.”

On Monday, Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Iranian Foreign Minister, will fly to Moscow for discussions with the Russian government, before going to a meeting in Brussels scheduled on Tuesday.