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Trump open to new Iran deal, but sanctions will be enforced

Trump has said sanctions on Iran will begin again [Getty]

Date of publication: 6 August, 2018

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Donald Trump has said he is open to a new nuclear deal with Iran, but sanctions on Tehran will resume.
US President Donald Trump has said sanctions on Iran will resume on Tuesday, but he would be open to a new nuclear deal with Tehran if it agreed to end its missiles' programme and regional interference.

"I remain open to reaching a more comprehensive deal that addresses the full range of the regime's malign activities, including its ballistic missile programme and its support for terrorism," Trump said in a statement.

A first set of sanctions will target Iranian exports and begin overnight Monday, with a second series of harder-hitting penalties due to begin in November, aimed at squeezing Iran's oil industry and central bank.

The EU has already issued a motion blocking the sanctions to allow European firms to continue doing business in Iran.

"We are determined to protect European economic operators engaged in legitimate business with Iran, in accordance with EU law," a joint statement read.

Trump announced the end of sanctions relief on Monday and called on US allies to abide by the sanctions or "risk severe consequences".

He said the penalties were intended to put "maximum economic pressure" on Iran to come to the table and establish a new nuclear deal.

"[We want to] make clear that the Iranian regime faces a choice: either change its threatening, destabilising behavior and reintegrate with the global economy, or continue down a path of economic isolation."

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that sanctions on Tehran will be rigorously enforced and used to ensure that Iran "behaves like a normal country".

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