But Pompeo said Washington was keen to thrash out a more wide-ranging deal with its allies as another top official said Iran had been "on the march" throughout the Middle East since the nuclear agreement was signed. "The United States no longer makes empty threats".
In a lengthy government statement on Friday, the Iranian government warned that it would take "whatever reciprocal measures it deems expedient" if it is not fully compensated for the USA withdrawal from the nuclear agreement as provided for in the accord. Take, for example, a piece by New York Times columnist Bret Stephens.
What exactly happened to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization members? In the administration's view, measures like crippling USA -led sanctions against Pyongyang's critical industries brought North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to his knees - and the same policy should work with Tehran, as well. Or is it just kind of pretension? Still, surely by now the Europeans understand that Trump doesn't respond to "negotiations" or "complaints".
U.S. President Donald Trump holds up a proclamation declaring his intention to withdraw from the Iran nuclear agreement after signing it at the White House on May 8.
Pulling out of the deal returns the parties to zero and may facilitate getting the sunset clauses removed, Goldberg said, noting that businesses in the three European countries in the deal - Germany, France and Britain - want their governments's help in doing business in Iran.More news: Sultan Declares Thursday Ramadan, Urges Muslims to Begin Fast
Britain, France and Germany had promised to remain within the nuclear deal because it was the only way to prevent a Middle-Eastern nuclear arms race. Pertinently, North Korea believes it can at least rely on China as a buffer against potential US aggression; Iran does not have a similar faith in Europe. The U.S. recent attack on Syria was directly supported by the French, British and German politicians. The United States is only one of the nations who have agreed to abide by the deal.
Zarif was in Moscow to meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday, a day after visiting leaders in Beijing. If indeed China manages to bring together a group of regional powers, including Russia, Iran, Pakistan and interested others, to counter Washington's influence in the region, New Delhi might find itself in a corner. However, after a while, the European Troika argued that Sad Abad's declaration wasn't to their advantage!
France and Germany are among European Union countries that had drawn up euro-denominated Iran export finance programmes to resist USA sanctions.
Saving the deal is going to rest heavily on ensuring these nations can combine efforts to block United States sanctions from preventing global companies doing business in Iran. In this case, they will stand beside the United States to block Iran's economy and change the CPOA to the USA advantage.
Mogherini and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker will outline to the leaders what measures the bloc could take to shield its now substantial economic interests in Iran, Tusk added.