United States will not disrupt European business deals with Iran - Tillerson

Middle East Oil and Security

Iranian officials are continuing attempts to divide the US and its European allies on the nuclear deal and other issues.

While voicing support for Trump's efforts to curb Iran's ballistic missile program, as well as "concerns" about Iran's role in increasing tensions in the Middle East, European officials said they want to put those disputes on separate tracks from the nuclear deal. "He's said it clearly: 'That's fine".

Trump last week adopted a harsh new approach to Iran by refusing to certify its compliance with the nuclear deal struck with the United States and five other powers including Britain, France and Germany.

Congress will have 60 days to decide whether to restore the sanctions against the Islamic Republic that the US has agreed to waive. That has alarmed its European allies, who fear the deal will slowly unravel.

Tillerson said in the Journal that Europeans are working with the USA regarding the policy for six months. "They have been brought along with this same thought process".

He added, "Screw around with the deal that has already been made because the message is, don't make a deal with the United States, they won't keep their word".

"Many Democrats as well as some Republicans feel like they need to play a more active role on foreign policy to restrain the president", one European Union official told Reuters.

While 69% said Iran poses a serious threat to the USA, only three out of every 10 respondents said the Islamic Republic is a "very serious" threat to America, which was down from 49% in September 2015, shortly after the deal was reached. Boeing, which was the first major USA company to announce a major business venture with Iran, a year ago agreed to sell dozens of commercial planes to Tehran.

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