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EU fails to agree new Iran sanctions as Trump deadline nears

LUXEMBOURG - The European Union failed to agree new sanctions against Iran on Monday amid Italy's opposition and fears that punishing Tehran for its missile programme and regional role would not stop US President Donald Trump from abandoning a separate nuclear deal.

 

Speaking on the sidelines of EU foreign ministers' discussions in Luxembourg, some diplomats said the outcome meant the EU might not make the US President's May 12 deadline to "fix" the 2015 nuclear accord.

 

The EU is eager to safeguard the pact, under which Tehran agreed to curb its nuclear ambitions for at least a decade, but Trump has been a fierce critic.

 


First published: 04.16.18, 19:01