Iran Calls for Strengthening Nuclear Deal, EU Rejects ‘Ultimatum’

Trump wants Iranian call, also suggests US might attack Iran

A day after Iran announced that they were withdrawing from voluntary portions of the P5+1 nuclear deal, the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization spokesman called on the parties of the deal to open a new round of negotiations designed to strengthen the deal.

Iran has grievances surrounding the sanctions relief promised under the nuclear deal, which the international community largely has not been able to deliver since the US dishonored the pact and started applying unilateral US sanctions which European companies are too scared of violating to comply with the deal. Iran wants other assurances to replace those.

The European nations involved int he deal don’t seem open to offering any incentives. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said he wanted such a plan within 60 days, and the EU is rejecting that as an “ultimatum.

President Trump had wanted negotiations on the nuclear deal way back when, before the US pullout, and while he’s presumably not interested in making it better for all parties, he is urging Iran to call him. It’s not clear how serious this talk of a call even is, with Trump making the comment while saying he can’t rule out attacking Iran.

Author: Jason Ditz

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