SOFIA: European Union leaders agreed on a “united EU approach” to protecting the Iran nuclear deal alive after US President Donald Trump withdrew from the pact, a European supply stated after talks in Bulgaria.
The 28 EU leaders additionally backed a plan for coping with trade tariffs that Trump is imposing on European metals, saying that the “EU will not negotiate with a gun at its head”, the supply instructed AFP.
“The EU will continue fighting for a rules-based international system despite recent decisions on climate change, tariffs and Iran,” the supply stated after the leaders met over dinner in Sofia.
Their present of unity comes after EU president Donald Tusk lashed out at Trump, saying that “looking at the latest decisions of President Trump, someone could even think with friends like that who needs enemies.”
On Iran, the leaders expressed backing for a plan together with “EU support for JCPoA, as long as Iran respects the deal,” the supply stated, referring to the deal´s formal title, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
They additionally agreed to “initiate work to protect European companies negatively affected by the US decision,” which entails Washington reimposing sanctions on Iran.
But with the US saying it had pulled out of the deal due to broader worries about Tehran´s actions, the leaders stated they might additionally “address concerns about Iran´s role in the region, Iran´s ballistic missile programme and what happens after 2025”.
On trade, the EU leaders agreed to “strengthen” the European Commission because it seeks to barter a everlasting exemption from US tariffs on steel and aluminium which might be as a result of take impact on June 1, the supply stated.
If it will get the exemption, the supply stated the EU was able to take steps together with “voluntary regulatory cooperation” with the US, and dealing on reform of the World Trade Organisation, after Trump claimed the US was unfairly handled.
It was additionally able to “improve reciprocal market access, for industrial products, including amongst others cars, and liberalisation of public procurement.”