EU Says restored US sanctions on Iran deeply regrettable

The E.U foreign service on Monday said that they deeply regret the restored U.S. sanctions against Iran.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Iran has to start behaving like what he calls a “normal country,” as the United States prepares to reimpose sanctions on Tehran.

“This is just about the Iranians’ dissatisfaction with their own government and the president’s (Trump) been pretty clear. We want the Iranian people to have a strong voice in who their leaders will be,” Pompeo told reporters Sunday.

He said the White House would give details Monday about the sanctions that will take effect Tuesday against a wide range of Iranian industries, including its automotive industry, gold, coal and steel. The Iranian government will also no longer be allowed to buy U.S. and European planes and U.S. banknotes.

People and businesses involved in those industries were given a 90-day period to wind down their activities. That period expires Monday.

 The E.U said “We deeply regret the re-imposition of sanctions by the U.S., due to the latter’s withdrawal from the [2015 Iran nuclear deal],” the E.U. foreign service said in the statement.

The E.U went further to say “It is a key element of the global nuclear non-proliferation architecture, crucial for the security of Europe, the region, and the entire world.”

“The remaining parties to the [nuclear deal] have committed to work on, inter alia, the preservation and maintenance of effective financial channels with Iran, and the continuation of Iran’s export of oil and gas,” the E.U. continued.

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