Iran Threatens US with "Heavy Response" if it Withdraws from Nuke Deal

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Donald Trump's view of the Iran pact is the opposite to that of European ministers who've been meeting with their Iranian counterpart and the EU's top diplomat in Brussels.

The JCPOA was reached between Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council - Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States - plus Germany, in July 2015.

The U.S. Congress requires the president to periodically certify Iran's compliance and issue a waiver to allow U.S sanctions to remain suspended.

"If President Trump reimposes broad sanctions now, the Iranian government will again be able to deflect blame for its own economic problems onto the United States-undercutting the protestors' efforts to drive real change in Iran. IAEA has verified Iran's full compliance, but continuation will depend on full U.S. compliance", Zarif tweeted from Moscow.

But Trump argues that his predecessor Barack Obama gave away too much to Iran in sanctions relief, without forcing the Islamic republic to end its ballistic missile program and aggressive support for militant groups.

"The deal is working, it is delivering on its main goal which means keeping the Iranian nuclear program in check and under close surveillance", Mogherini said.

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"It is also necessary that our USA allies do the same and should be seen doing the same", Le Drian said after meeting with his Iranian, British, German and French counterparts.

The meeting in Brussels was choreographed to send a message to Washington before Trump is due to decide whether to re-impose oil sanctions lifted under the deal.

Another measure would be to remove sanctions on US information firms doing business in Iran, Nader said.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said there was "strong consensus" on the deal but warned that Iran's continued compliance depended on that of the United States.

That requirement has caused increasing friction in the White House as senior national security officials and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson work to convince an increasingly frustrated Trump that he preserve a deal the president believes is flawed, sources said.

The White House said Trump had "underscored that Iran must stop its destabilizing activity in the region".

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European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said the unity of the worldwide community was essential to preserving the Iran nuclear agreement.

Such a balance may satisfy Trump's demand to raise pressure on Iran, while not embarking on a frontal assault on the most central trade-offs of the 2015 accord, which the president has blasted as the "worst deal ever".

While Mr Trump appeared poised to offer the deal something of a lifeline, the USA administration is also ready to impose a host of new sanctions against Iran and its proxies.

"Europeans have so far failed to convince Iran that they can maintain the deal without the U.S.", he went on to say.

"The European Union has expressed a very clear position on the nuclear deal as it was stated by the 28 European Union members states minister already in October past year and repeated again today: the deal is working", Mogherini told a press conference.

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