Germany Reportedly Weighing New Sanctions Against Iran‏; and France Says Iran Not Respecting U.N. Text on Ballistic Missiles

  • mwolverine

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    Jan 23, 2018 8:01 AM GMT
    Germany reportedly weighing new sanctions against Iran‏

    BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany is lobbying among European allies to agree new sanctions against Iran in an attempt to prevent U.S. President Donald Trump from terminating an international deal curbing Tehran’s nuclear program, Der Spiegel magazine reported on Saturday.

    The report cited diplomats in Brussels as saying that Germany was pushing for new sanctions together with Britain and France to show the United States that European allies were taking Trump’s criticism against Iran seriously.

    Germany wants to punish Iran for its missile program and its meddling in conflicts in other Middle East countries, such as the war in Yemen and Syria, the report said.
  • mwolverine

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    Jan 23, 2018 8:04 AM GMT
    France says Iran not respecting U.N. text on ballistic missiles

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - France’s foreign minister accused Iran on Monday of not respecting part of a U.N. resolution that calls on Tehran to refrain from work on ballistic missiles designed to carry nuclear warheads.

    Speaking on arrival at a European foreign ministers meeting in Brussels, Jean-Yves Le Drian also said the 28 ministers would reiterate their concerns over Iran’s activities in Yemen, Lebanon and Syria, which he described as destabilizing.

    “We will also have the opportunity of underlining our firmness on Iran’s compliance with United Nations Resolution 2231, which limits access to ballistic capacity and which Iran does not respect,” Le Drian said.

    Under the U.N. resolution enshrining the 2015 nuclear deal with Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States, Iran is “called upon” to refrain from work on ballistic missiles designed to deliver nuclear weapons for up to 8 years.

    Some states say this phrasing does not make it an obligatory commitment.

    Iran has repeatedly said its missile program is purely defensive and denied they are designed to carry nuclear warheads.

    ...With U.S. President Donald Trump warning of a last chance for “the worst deal ever negotiated”, Britain, France and Germany have begun talks on a plan to satisfy him by addressing Iran’s ballistic missile tests and its regional influence while preserving the 2015 accord.
  • mwolverine

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    Jan 23, 2018 8:08 AM GMT
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    Jan 24, 2018 12:29 AM GMT
    Too bad Obama already gave Iran billions of dollars to finance violating the agreement.