In Persian New Year greeting, Trump hits Iran's self-serving 'rulers', 'hostile' IRGC

In Persian New Year greeting, Trump hits Iran's self-serving 'rulers', 'hostile' IRGC

The proposal is allegedly part of an European Union strategy to appease US President Donald Trump and preserve the Iran nuclear deal.

In conversation with Netanyahu, Merkel reportedly warned the Israeli leader of serious repercussions should the United States leave the Iran nuclear deal.

A European diplomat involved in the discussions told Israel's Channel 10 that despite Trump's threats to walk away from the Iran deal on May 12, when it is up for renewal, the gaps between the U.S. and other signatories who want to safeguard the accord are actually narrowing.

"For many years, I have greatly enjoyed wonderful friendships with Iranian-Americans, one of the most successful immigrant groups in our country's contemporary history", Trump said in his 2017 statement.

The US president said America's European allies must agree to tougher measures and new conditions until May 12, otherwise Washington would pull out of the deal.

Ali Sadr Hashemi Nejad, 38, was charged in a six-count indictment filed in federal court in Manhattan for his role in a scheme to evade U.S. economic sanctions against Iran, prosecutors said. It said they must agree to "fix the bad flaws of the Iran nuclear deal" - which was sealed under his predecessor Barack Obama - or he would refuse to extend US sanctions relief on Iran. "It is clearly not a matter of adding sanctions - no proposal in this respect today and clearly, no decision", Mogherini told reporters on Monday upon her arrival at a meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council.

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In response, the three European signatories - France, Britain and Germany - have proposed new EU sanctions targeting Iranians who support Syria's government in that country's civil war and Tehran's ballistic missile program.

The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center reported that Iran rejected any negotiations on the nuclear deal or its ballistic missile program. "We must not however exclude Iran's responsibility in ballistic missile proliferation and its highly questionable role throughout the Middle East region", he said.

"As alleged, Ali Sadr Hashemi Nejad created a network of front companies and foreign bank accounts to mask Iranian business dealings in Venezuela and evade US sanctions", Manhattan US Attorney Geoffrey Berman said in a statement.

Britain, France and Germany raised the sanctions issue with fellow European Union foreign ministers on Monday, who discussed what strategy to present to Trump.

Iran's foreign ministry criticized Le Drian's comments, saying there could be no negotiation over what Iran says are purely defensive weapons.

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