European states are considering imposing new sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missile program and involvement in Syria. Iranian state media reported that the Deputy Foreign Minister stated that if there are any new European sanctions imposed on Iran, it will have a direct effect on the nuclear deal, according to Reuters.







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On Friday, Iranian state media reported that Germany, the UK and France have proposed that the EU impose new sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missile program as well as its interference and presence in Syria, according to Reuters. This is an EU effort to deter the US from exiting the nuclear deal with Iran.

As US President Donald Trump’s deadline of May 12 for Iran deal revisions approaches, the EU is striving to keep the agreement alive. Reuters reported that a confidential document was acquired by the news agency and has been distributed to EU members to determine whether they would agree to such actions targeting certain “militias and commanders” in an attempt to save the deal from failure.

The document reportedly spoke of “intensive talks” with Washington to “achieve a clear and lasting reaffirmation of US support for the agreement beyond May 12,” according to Reuters. A senior White House official said that Washington and the EU have had positive discussions towards supporting a replacement deal beyond the Iran nuclear deal by May 12.

Iran’s deputy foreign minister said Friday that if there are any new European sanctions imposed against Iran, it will have a direct effect on the nuclear deal established between world powers and Tehran, Reuters further reported.

On Tuesday, Trump ousted US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replaced him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo. Trump and Tillerson did not agree on several foreign policy issues such as Iran.