Call out Iran but Keep Nuclear Deal, Germany says to US

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani at a cabinet meeting in Tehra

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani at a cabinet meeting in Tehra

The Iranian nuclear deal "is working", Mogherini said.

He also wants to give the International Atomic Energy Agency access to Iranian military sites, and for the deal to cover Iran's ballistic missile programme.

"The deal is working ... keeping Iran's nuclear program in check", Mogherini said at a press conference.

Mr. Kamalvandi's comments came as European powers prepared to meet Thursday to reaffirm their support for the accord.

However, over the past year, the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has imposed new sanctions against a number of Iranian and global entities which have, allegedly, had links with Iran's developing pace of missile program.

The European Union and the foreign ministers of Britain, Germany and France will unite to defend the accord, which curbed Iran's nuclear ambitions in return for the relaxing of punishing sanctions but which US President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticised and threatened to leave.

And there's a warning that if Trump reimposes sanctions, the pact could fall apart.

"Killing or sticking with the Iran deal isn't just about Iran".

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"We also briefly discussed internal recent events in Iran", Mogherini said in her one-sentence reference to the protests.

Critics of the deal in Congress have also proposed amending legislation to ensure that United States sanctions would "snap back" automatically if Iran carried out certain actions.

Trump in October chose not to certify that Tehran is complying with the deal and warned he might ultimately terminate it. United States officials told CNN that the President's top national security advisers are encouraging him to renew the waivers. Last month saw lawmakers miss what had widely been seen as a deadline set by the White House for such legislation to be delivered.

The decision comes as Iran's government deals with protests over economic hardships and corruption that are linked to frustration among younger Iranians who hoped to see more benefits from the lifting of sanctions.

Her comments came after Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iraq and Iran Andrew Peek - a key Trump administration appointee at Foggy Bottom - told Voice of America that USA officials are "examining actions we can take against those individuals, like sanctions and other means".

But he will also use the meeting to raise the issue of Zaghari-Ratcliffe and other dual-national consular cases with Tehran's foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. He said France remained dedicated to the agreement.

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 U.S. isolation during the session with all other participating countries unanimously calling for implementation of the JCPOA.

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