Iranian official warns Europeans against imposing sanctions to 'please' Trump

Tillerson’s removal could doom Iran nuclear deal report

"The constant ultimatums by U.S. President Donald Trump have created an atmosphere of doubt that ultimately blocks the successful implementation of the nuclear agreement", Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said ahead of the talks, as reported by dpa news agency.

The two sides would talk about the removal of sanctions on Iran as well as the examples of violations of the deal by Washington.

The 2015 agreement between Iran and the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China obliged Tehran to scale down its nuclear program to prevent the development of nuclear weapons.

But U.S. President Donald Trump has long railed against the deal for reasons including its limited duration and the fact it does not cover Iran's ballistic missile program.

The proposal is part of an European Union strategy to save the accord signed by world powers that curbs Tehran's ability to develop nuclear weapons, namely by showing US President Donald Trump that there are other ways to counter Iranian power overseas.

"We will...be circulating in the coming days a list of persons and entities that we believe should be targeted in view of their publicly demonstrated roles" in the missile program and the Syrian civil war, the document said, according to Reuters.

Trump delivered an ultimatum to the European signatories on January 12.

"These changes and developments and firings in the Trump government are not new", spokesman Bahram Qassemi said when asked at a news conference about the impact of Pompeo's appointment on the nuclear deal.

Iran, which according to the United Nations atomic watchdog has been abiding by the deal since it came into force in January 2016, has repeatedly ruled out any changes to the agreement.

Shamkhani made the remarks as he met today in Tehran with Yusuf bin Alawi, the minister responsible for foreign affairs in Oman, a key Gulf ally of the United States with close ties to Iran.

Tillerson and his erstwhile cabinet ally Defense Secretary Jim Mattis had urged Trump to listen to the Europeans to preserve the agreement.

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