EU Official Takes Donald Trump to Task: 'With Friends Like That' …

EU Official Takes Donald Trump to Task: 'With Friends Like That' …

According to an European Union source, leaders agreed to "continue fighting for rules-based worldwide system despite recent decisions on climate change, tariffs and Iran".

At the start of an EU summit in Bulgaria, the European Council president offered a withering condemnation of Mr Trump's White House.

European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker was due to present options to protect European investment, which could include retaliatory sanctions, allowing the European Investment Bank to invest in Iran, and coordinating euro-denominated credit lines from European governments.

'This agreement is everything other than ideal, but Iran is, according to all the knowledge of the global nuclear authorities, sticking to the commitments of the agreement, ' stated Merkel.

White House National Security Adviser John Bolton indicated on Sunday that the USA would be willing to impose sanctions on any European companies that continue to work or do business with Iran.

Earlier in the day, German Chancellor Angela Merkel also stressed the importance of preserving relations with Washington despite what she called "all the difficulties we have had in the past few days".

Reportedly, the European Union is miffed with the United States President Donald Trump over his decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.

European ministers met a top Iranian official in Brussels on Tuesday in a bid to save the Iranian nuclear accord after Trump chose to pull out.

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Trans-Atlantic tensions came to a head with the USA president's decision announced last week to pull out of the landmark Iran nuclear accord which the remaining signatories - Russia, China, France, Germany and the United Kingdom, along with the European Union - all say is working. Tusk told a news conference.

French President Emmanuel Macron has tried to charm Trump but that failed to prevent Washington last week from abandoning the Iran deal, which seeks to curb Tehran's nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief.

Major European countries share Trump's concerns but argue that the nuclear deal is the best way to stop the increasingly influential regional power from obtaining an atomic weapon.

He said Europe didn't need enemies when it had friends like the United States.

"I don't think we have to consider this or that, when it contravenes the laws of worldwide trade", Macron said.

Meanwhile, Iranian President Hassan Rohani said on May 16 that Tehran will not bow to USA pressure.

She also said that canceling the nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers would be wrong, adding that the US withdrawal from the deal was among several pieces of "troubling news" that had occurred recently.

"Trump played his first card, but miscalculated the second move", Rouhani was quoted as saying by the ISNA agency.

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