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Report: European Diplomats Beg Trump Team to Keep Iran Deal, NATO

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By    |   Wednesday, 16 Nov 2016 09:49 PM

In a private meeting with members of President-elect Donald Trump's team this week, European diplomats urged the United States to stick with the Iran nuclear deal and NATO's stance against Russia, ForeignPolicy.com reported.

Trump has not only indicated he is open to a friendlier relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, he also has said he wants to rip up the Iran deal negotiated by President Barack Obama's administration.

The Obama administration counts the Iran deal as one of its highest achievements, touting it as preventing the country from advancing its nuclear program. But Republicans have been critical of the deal, and Trump has vowed to scrub it.

"This is one of the few foreign-policy issues that will unite the disparate elements of the Republican Party," Mark Dubowitz, an adviser to lawmakers and two administrations on Iran sanctions told Foreign Policy.

"On the Iran issue, I think there is wall-to-wall support for a different approach to Iran," he said, adding the Iran deal "as we know it, is fundamentally going to change, and Iran policy as we know it is going to change."

But Europeans are not excited at the prospect.

A U.N. Security Council diplomat told Foreign Policy the Iran deal, the climate agreement, and sustainable development plans are "probably the biggest, most often quoted successes for multilateralism over the past year or so. . . . We continue to think that the Iran deal is the single biggest and best thing that has happened recently in preventing Iran from ever acquiring nuclear weapons."

"You can be sure that we will try to convince this [Trump] administration that what we agreed one and a half years ago and have since implemented, both in words and deeds, remains, from our point of view, the right policy," a German Foreign Ministry spokesman said Wednesday.

French President François Hollande addressed the climate deal Tuesday, saying, "The United States — the most powerful economy in the world, the second-largest emitter of greenhouse gases — must respect the commitments that were made."

At the closed-door meeting, European delegates told Trump adviser James Carafano they want Trump to continue the United States' tradition of upholding human rights and participating in NATO's defense policy.

But, the official told the website, the delegates left the meeting still unclear of Trump's plan for the Iran deal.

According to Foreign Policy, Trump could weaken the Iran deal by:

  • Revoking waivers on nuclear-related sanctions.
  • Impose new sanctions unrelated to the nuclear deal, such as human rights violations, support for terrorism, or ballistic missile launches.
  • Declare Iran has failed to comply with the nuclear deal by "citing various alleged technical violations."

But, Daryl Kimball of the Washington-based Arms Control Association warned: "There is a very high risk it would open the door for Iran to reconstitute its uranium enrichment activities,' and the United States "would not have the backing of our European allies or other partners. . . . They will be in for a rude awakening."

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