According to a report on Euronews, European firms that stop doing business with Iran due to reimposed U.S. sanctions could in turn sanctioned by the E.U., a special adviser to the 28-country bloc’s top diplomat has warned.”If E.U. companies abide by U.S. secondary sanctions they will, in turn, be sanctioned by the E.U.”
UPDATE: President Donald Trump has warned that countries doing business with Iran will “NOT be doing business with the United States” as his administration reimposed sanctions on Iran Tuesday.
In an early morning tweet, Trump described the measures as “the most biting sanctions ever” and warned they would “ratchet up to yet another level” in November, when US sanctions on Iranian oil will be reimposed.
“I am asking for WORLD PEACE, nothing less!” Trump added. Trump’s warning appeared to be aimed at the European Union, which is attempting to protect European businesses trading in Iran from facing US sanctions.
EARLIER: CNN said that the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani issued a challenge to President Donald Trump on Monday, saying the Islamic Republic would welcome talks with the US “right now.” “I don’t have preconditions. If the US government is willing, let’s start right now,” Rouhani said during an interview that aired on state television late Monday local time, just hours before the US renewed sanctions on Iran. “If there is sincerity, Iran has always welcomed dialogue and negotiations,” Rouhani said.
Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton, when asked about the offer by CNN’s Jake Tapper, dismissed it as possible “propaganda.” “Let’s see what really comes of it or whether it’s just more propaganda,” Bolton said, adding that Trump has been “consistent” that he would be willing to negotiate with regimes such as North Korea and Iran. “If the Iranians are really willing to come and talk about all of their malign behavior in the region and around the world, I think they’d find the President willing to do it,” Bolton said.
EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini said the bloc, as well as Britain, France and Germany, deeply regretted Washington’s move.
“We are determined to protect European economic operators engaged in legitimate business with Iran,” she said. “We are encouraging small and medium enterprises, in particular, to increase business with and in Iran.”
Mogherini noted the Iranian government had fully lived up to its commitments under the landmark 2015 nuclear agreement, which the administration of US President Donald Trump pulled out of in May.
Rouhani praised Europe for “resisting the Americans” in its call “to join the regime of sanctions”.