United States 'committed' to Iran nuclear deal — European Union leader

Feb 13, 2017, 00:58

Foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini reiterated on Friday the EU's opposition to the White House proposal to move the United States embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

"We do not interfere in USA politics. and Europeans expect that America does not interfere in European politics", Mogherini told reporters at the end of her trip to Washington.

Mogherini underlined the intention of both sides to work together closely, but she also acknowledged disagreements on topics like multilateralism, free trade and "maybe some human rights issues".

Mogherini says she also got reassurances from the Trump administration that the USA will continue to push Russian Federation to implement an global peace plan on Ukraine before easing sanctions.

While the new United States leader has toned down some of his criticism of America's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies since his election, he has shown no enthusiasm for the 28-member European Union and has praised Britain's decision to leave the bloc. "This can also mean that we differ in our political views from time to time and that we will be very clear on this".

But it may be a tall order at the White House, where President Trump cheered Britain's exit from the EU and his top aides have openly questioned the need for the European bloc - while some top EU officials have responded in kind. New sanctions on Iran followed on February 3. "I have the impression that policies in Washington at this moment are still in the making".

"I want to be clear on this".

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Trump has been dismissive of the European Union and cheered Britain's vote to leave the Common Market, and it is not clear how the new administration will approach partnership with the E.U. on a host of global issues, including Russian action in Ukraine, Mideast peace and the worldwide nuclear deal with Iran.

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She noted that she had held talks with US National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and Trump's advisor and son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

On Iran, she emphasized to her USA interlocutors that it's "a must that the nuclear agreement is fully implemented in all its parts by all sides", even as outside the nuclear deal, including on Iran's missile tests, terrorist activities and human rights abuses, the European Union has restrictions and sanctions in place. Without mentioning him by name, Mogherini said she had been assured that "no decision" had been made.

"Europeans will continue to be united on that". The European Union is "not introducing additional sanctions" on Iran. European Union officials have even raised objections to Mr. Trump's rumored choice to be ambassador to the 27-nation bloc, claiming businessman and author Ted Malloch has a history of anti-EU writings.

Guy Verhofstadt, a former Belgian prime minister and the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, went even further at the time, suggesting in a speech at Chatham House, a London-based think tank, that Mr. Trump has personally sought to undermine the unity of Western European nations.