Iran's military budget proves nuclear deal was 'a big lie'


The United States plans to impose new sanctions against Iran, which produces about 4 percent of global oil supplies, after abandoning an agreement reached in late 2015 that curbed Tehran's nuclear activities in exchange for removal of US and European sanctions.

The broader outlook for Iranian oil production and exports is on the downside, particular as fresh United States sanctions have yet to be imposed on the region.

Pompeo, who is barely a fortnight into his new job, told Fox News Sunday that he had been tasked by the president "to work to strike a deal that achieves the outcomes that protect America".

The US ambassador in Berlin, Richard Grenell, said firms should question the morality of doing business with Iran. However, the long effect will depend on How other countries react to USA actions.

The system, which was never actually used, permitted European companies to ignore the United States sanctions and said that any decisions by foreign courts based on the sanctions would not be upheld in Europe.

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There are 10 legal challenges similar to Ms Phelan's in the pipeline. "I don't want any of them to go to court", he said. He added: "The response to the crisis has been shocking in my view, it has been very badly managed".

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The open question is whether the allies, and above all Iran, will agree to resume full-fledged talks, having just seen the United States withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and renege on its promises under the landmark arms control accord.

Minister for trade and export David Parker last week said it was still unclear to the nations who remained in the nuclear agreement what exports or trade were at risk when associating with Iran.

He also said Berlin had no immediate reason to change its Hermes export guarantee scheme for Iran either. That's about 1 million barrels a day more than in early 2016.

The agreement states that the United States is conducting conversations with several parties including Saudi Arabia to increase oil supply to avoid spike in oil prices while the US will intensify pressure on Iran. "We will be instituting at the highest level of economic sanction; any country that helps Iran in its quest for nuclear weapons could also be strongly sanctioned by the United States", Trump said on Tuesday.

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Despite the United States exit, Britain and Iran expressed their commitment on Sunday to ensuring that the accord is upheld, according to a statement released by British Prime Minister Theresa May's office.

Even though Trump's move has benefited Moscow in several ways, the question is how much Putin can capitalize on them.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the decision underscores the need for Europe to take increasing responsibility for peace and security, similar to the message she delivered after Trump's debut at last year's G7 summit.

Germany said it would spend the next few months trying to persuade Washington to change its mind.

Germany's minister for economic affairs, Peter Altmaier, said on Sunday that Berlin would try to "persuade the USA government to change its behavior".

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President Donald Trump may think that the Iran deal was bad, but backing out of the agreement could actually make life for working American families worse.