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Europe is refusing to pay the price for Trump screwing up the Iran deal

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Europe tried to cajole Donald Trump to remain part of the Iran nuclear deal. That failed. Now the Old World is baring its teeth to save the accord.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian Thursday slammed the U.S.’s push to reimpose sanctions on companies trading with Iran, saying it was “unacceptable” that European businesses should pay the price for Washington reneging on an agreement.

“We feel that the extraterritoriality of their sanction measures are unacceptable,” he said. “Europeans should not have to pay for the withdrawal from an agreement by the United States, to which they had themselves contributed.”

Le Drian said that Europeans would “do everything” to protect their interests and vowed to lead “tight negotiations” with the U.S. through the European Union.

The comments from France’s top diplomat, made in an interview with French daily Le Parisien, were the strongest condemnation yet from Europe against the U.S. withdrawal, which has left the landmark 2015 deal hanging by a thread and created a deep divide between Washington and many of its allies.

Europe tried to cajole Donald Trump to remain part of the Iran nuclear deal. That failed. Now the Old World is baring its teeth to save the accord.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian Thursday slammed the U.S.’s push to reimpose sanctions on companies trading with Iran, saying it was “unacceptable” that European businesses should pay the price for Washington reneging on an agreement.

“We feel that the extraterritoriality of their sanction measures are unacceptable,” he said. “Europeans should not have to pay for the withdrawal from an agreement by the United States, to which they had themselves contributed.”

Le Drian said that Europeans would “do everything” to protect their interests and vowed to lead “tight negotiations” with the U.S. through the European Union.

The comments from France’s top diplomat, made in an interview with French daily Le Parisien, were the strongest condemnation yet from Europe against the U.S. withdrawal, which has left the landmark 2015 deal hanging by a thread and created a deep divide between Washington and many of its allies.

Calling the U.S. exit “a bad decision,” Le Drian said it undermined America’s word, indirectly incited nuclear proliferation and amounted to “an incitement to go to war on all sides.” He said the impacts of Tuesday’s decision were already registering, in the form of growing political uncertainty in the region and rising

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