Leaders across Europe are barring corporations and companies from “complying” with new American-backed sanctions on Iran; rebuking President Trump’s efforts to pressure the Islamic Republic into abandoning its weapons program.
“The European Union is committed to mitigating the impact of US sanctions on European businesses and taking steps to maintain the growth of trade and economic relations between the EU and Iran that began when sanctions were lifted,” the European Commission said in a statement.
“As long as the Iranians respect their commitments, the EU will of course stick to the agreement of which it was an architect,” added European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.
The Commander-in-Chief broke with European allies earlier this month and officially withdrew the United States from the Iranian nuclear agreement; sparking outrage from Iranian leaders in Tehran.
“We will be instituting the highest level of economic sanction. Any nation that helps Iran in its quest for nuclear weapons could also be strongly sanctioned by the United States,” said the President earlier in May.