Europe gives in to 'high school bully' Trump for nuclear deal, says Iran

Iran’s Foreign Minister criticized the United Kingdom, France and Germany, signatories of a 2015 nuclear agreement, for yielding to Donald Trump, calling the president of the United States a “high school bully.”

Mohammed Javid Zarif posted a screenshot of a Washington Post report on Twitter that revealed that the Trump administration had “secretly” threatened to impose a 25 percent tariff on European cars if the three European countries (known as E3) did not They formally accused Iran of breaking the deal.

Days later they did so, activating the dispute resolution mechanism of the agreement, but European officials indicated that they had already been planning this step.

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The pact, known as JCPOA, was agreed in 2015 between Tehran and the world powers, including E3. He offered relief to Iran’s sanctions in exchange for curbing its nuclear work.

Trump controversially withdrew from the agreement in 2018, reimposing US sanctions as part of a “maximum pressure” strategy and saying he wanted a tougher agreement.

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Iranian police officers take a position while protesters gather in front of Amir Kabir University

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The Iranians demonstrate after a tribute to the victims of the accident of the Boeing 737 of Ukraine in front of the University of Amirkabir in the capital, Tehran

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Iranian police dispersed students who sang “radical” slogans during a meeting in Tehran to honor the 176 people killed when a plane was shot down by mistake

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4/23 Anti-government protest at Amirkabir University: people hold flowers while the police throw tear gas

The online videos aimed to show that Iranian security forces fired real ammunition and tear gas to disperse protesters protesting against the initial refusal of the Islamic Republic that it shot down a Ukrainian plane.

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AFP correspondents said hundreds of students had gathered early at night to pay their respects to those killed in the air disaster.

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Iranian protester prepares to launch a tear gas canister to the police

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People burn British and Israeli flags during a protest in front of the British embassy in Tehran. Hundreds of Iranian intransigents gathered to protest against Britain, a day after the British ambassador to Iran, Robert Macaire, was arrested after attending a vigil for the victims of the Ukrainian passenger plane.

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Singing “Death to Great Britain”, up to 200 protesters demonstrated outside the mission one day after the brief arrest of British Ambassador Rob Macaire

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1/23 Anti-government protest at the University of Amirkabir

Iranian police officers take a position while protesters gather in front of Amir Kabir University

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2/23 Anti-government protest at the University of Amirkabir

The Iranians demonstrate after a tribute to the victims of the accident of the Boeing 737 of Ukraine in front of the University of Amirkabir in the capital, Tehran

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3/23 Anti-government protest at the University of Amirkabir

Iranian police dispersed students singing “radical” slogans during a meeting in Tehran to honor the 176 people killed when a plane was shot down by mistake

AFP through Getty

4/23 Anti-government protest at Amirkabir University: people hold flowers while the police throw tear gas

The online videos aimed to show that Iranian security forces fired real ammunition and tear gas to disperse protesters protesting against the initial refusal of the Islamic Republic that it shot down a Ukrainian plane.

AP

5/23 Anti-government protest at the University of Amirkabir

Iranian police officers take a position while protesters gather

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06/23 anti-government protest at the University of Amirkabir

AFP correspondents said hundreds of students had gathered early at night to pay their respects to those killed in the air disaster.

ISNA / AFP through Getty

23/7 anti-government protest at the University of Amirkabir

Iranian protester prepares to launch a tear gas canister to the police

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8/23 Anti-government protest at the University of Amirkabir

A protester confronts an Iranian police officer

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Iranian police officers take a position while protesters gather

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11/23 anti-government protest at the University of Amirkabir

Iranians light candles for victims

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12/23 anti-government protest at the University of Amirkabir

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13/23 protest of the British embassy in Tehran

People burn British and Israeli flags during a protest in front of the British embassy in Tehran. Hundreds of Iranian intransigents gathered to protest against Britain, a day after the British ambassador to Iran, Robert Macaire, was arrested after attending a vigil for the victims of the Ukrainian passenger plane.

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Singing “Death to Great Britain”, up to 200 protesters demonstrated outside the mission one day after the brief arrest of British Ambassador Rob Macaire

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Iran responded by reducing its compliance with the terms of the pact and this month announced that it would eliminate all the limits of uranium enrichment, although it maintained that it wanted to keep the agreement in place.

In response, Britain, France and Germany activated the dispute dispute mechanism this week. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it might be time for a “Trump agreement” to replace the pact, while Paris said extensive talks were needed.

Mr. Zarif tweeted: “Appease confirmed. E3 sold the remains of #JCPOA to avoid Trump’s new rates, “with a screenshot of the Washington Post article.

“My friends will not work. You just opened your appetite. Do you remember your high school bully? “He added.

Two European diplomats confirmed to Reuters that Washington had threatened tariffs against Europe but maintained that the leaders of the three European states had already decided to activate the mechanism before that.

Another diplomat said Washington was risking “discrediting Europeans, but Trump really doesn’t care about that,” adding that the US threat to impose tariffs on Europeans would send a message to Iran that only Washington mattered.

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The European Union said Thursday that its chief diplomat, Joseph Borrell, held “frank” talks with Zarif during a conference in New Delhi.

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Activating the dispute mechanism could see the reimposition of the UN sanctions and sound the end of the agreement.

“If you want to sell your integrity, go ahead. But don’t assume a moral / legal basis, “Zarif wrote, adding in capital letters” YOU DON’T HAVE IT. “

Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, doubled Tehran’s threat to continue enriching his uranium on Thursday by saying “there are no limits.”

In a speech to the heads of the banks, President Rouhani said that the nuclear program is in a “better situation” than before the nuclear agreement with the world powers.

However, it has only moderately increased its nuclear activity.

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In recent months, it has increased its uranium enrichment to 4.5 percent, more than the 3.67 percent limit set by the agreement, but far from the 20 percent enrichment it had before the agreement. Uranium must be enriched to 90 percent to be used in a nuclear weapon.

The three European countries have spent months trying to save the team, but have not found a way to circumvent the increase in US sanctions.

The nuclear dispute has been at the center of a dangerous confrontation between Iran and the United States, which almost became a war earlier this month after Washington killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in a drone attack on Baghdad.

Effigy of the ambassador of the United Kingdom in Iran on fire in Tehran

While on high alert for a counterattack, Iran accidentally shot down a Ukrainian civil aircraft, which caused days of anti-government protests at home. Anger in the state has continued at the funerals of the victims.

On Thursday, the mourners shouted “Death to the dictator,” while they buried two victims of the plane disaster in the city of Sanandaj according to videos posted online.

The agencies contributed to this report

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