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  • French Foreign Minister Le Drian (L) and EU's foreign policy chief Mogherini (R) at meeting with foreign ministers in Brussels.

    French Foreign Minister Le Drian (L) and EU's foreign policy chief Mogherini (R) at meeting with foreign ministers in Brussels. | Photo: Reuters

Published 11 January 2018

Trump’s October decision not to certify Iran’s compliance with the nuclear deal has put Washington at odds with all other signatories of the accord.

At a meeting with his counterparts from Iran, Britain, France and the European Union, Germany’s foreign minister said the United States was right to address concerns about Iran.

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“We want to speak with Iran about its role in the region, which is more than problematic,” he said, but “we want to preserve the nuclear deal with Iran.”

On the eve of a deadline for U.S. President Donald Trump to decide whether to reimpose oil sanctions lifted under the deal, the EU’s top diplomat Federica Mogherini convened the meeting to show support for the nuclear deal.

In a statement released before the start of the meeting in Brussels, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, called the nuclear deal “a crucial agreement that makes the world safer.”

Trump’s October decision not to certify Iran’s compliance with the nuclear deal has put Washington at odds with all other signatories of the accord - Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China and the EU.

Trump must decide by mid-January whether to continue waiving U.S. sanctions on Iran’s oil exports under the terms of the pact. The decision comes as Iran’s government deals with protests over economic hardships and corruption that have been encouraged by Trump.

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