Iran nuclear deal criticised by Trump is working, says EU's Federica Mogherini

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At a news conference after meeting Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Thursday, representatives of the European Union, the UK, France and Germany reiterated their support for the nuclear deal they helped negotiate.

The US president declared in October that the agreement was "one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into", and warned that within a few years Iran would be able to "sprint towards a rapid nuclear weapons breakout".

The EU and other world powers have repeatedly warned it would be a mistake to abandon the deal, thrashed out with Iran over 12 years by the US, Britain, France, China, Germany and Russian Federation.

Many of Trump's top aides have reportedly been urging him to extend US sanctions relief, but Trump remained reluctant on January 10.

His decision is also further complicated by recent mass anti-government protests in Iran, made up mostly of youths complaining of economic hardship.

If Trump reimposes sanctions on Tehran, European powers fear the deal would fall apart.

While the president remains sharply critical of the deal - even moving to "decertify" it under USA law in October - administration sources say he's now leaning toward once again approving the broad-based waivers.


Criticizing UN Security Council for holding a session on Iran's internal issues last week, Zarif said that the session was wrong by its very basis, but it displayed the USA isolation during the session with all other participating countries unanimously calling for implementation of the JCPOA.

In reaction to US President Donald Trump's likely decision on the JCPOA in the coming days, he said that one of Trump's policies is his unpredictability.

It's a way of stopping Iran from acquiring the nuclear weapons and as my colleagues have said Iran is in compliance with this agreement according to the International Atomic Energy Authority.

"You either waive the sanctions or you don't and if you don't you're in breach of the JCPOA", the official said. European countries are banking on the deal, as many began investing in Iran after the sanctions were lifted.

Trump on January 12 is facing another quarterly deadline for certifying whether Iran is in compliance with the deal. The State Department said on Tuesday the Trump administration was expected to decide on Friday.

Juan Zarate, a former assistant treasury secretary for terrorist financing and financial crimes, told the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday that immediate sanctions could be imposed to "isolate and pressure the Revolutionary Guard and the regime leadership by spotlighting human rights abuses, corruption, support to terrorists and militant proxies, and the progress of their ballistic missile program in violation of United Nations sanctions".

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