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Workers inspect a Peugeot 508 at the Iran Khodro car factory in Tehran Iran Wednesday

White House National Security adviser John Bolton refreshed the threat on Sunday, saying US sanctions could be imposed on European companies doing business with Iran.

The deal was negotiated between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States - plus Germany.

But the U.S. is further away from an agreeable situation with Iran now that Trump moved to leave the multiparty agreement to provide Iran sanctions relief in exchange for verification that Iran did not work to build nuclear weapons, he said.

Within minutes of the President's announcement, Mrs May, French president Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel issued a joint statement expressing their "regret and concern". The JCPOA has ensured that Iran's nuclear program remains peaceful in exchange for sanctions relief. After an hour-long meeting at European Union headquarters in Brussels, Zarif said he believed both sides were "on the right track" to make sure that the interests of Iran and the non-U.S. partners "will be preserved and guaranteed".

"We are extremely happy with Trump's choice which will contribute to fostering world peace", Sulaiman Al-Oqaily, a Riyadh-based political analyst, told The Media Line, adding that the decision would bring stability to the region by limiting Iran's ability to foment unrest through its proxies.

Palestinian commentators have noted that the timing of the move feels like salt in a wound, as the ceremony will take place on the anniversary of Israel's founding - a day they call the "Naqba", or "disaster", because hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were forced to flee their homes.

The Syrian Observatory of Human Rights said Saturday that 11 Iranians were among the 27 pro-regime fighters killed in strikes by Israel, which has vowed to prevent Iran gaining a military foothold in neighbouring Syria.

"But Iran took advantage of the economic benefit [it gained] from the lifting of the sanctions in order to continue its activity to destabilize the region, particularly by developing ballistic missiles and by supporting terror organizations in the region - including Hizbullah [in Lebanon] and the Houthi militias [in Yemen] that use capabilities provided by Iran to harm the citizens of Saudi Arabia and Yemen and to repeatedly block worldwide seaways, thus grossly violating [UN] Security Council resolutions ..."

During the phone call Mrs May also congratulated the USA president on the safe return of three Americans who had been held in prison in North Korea. "President Trump's withdrawal is denying them that wealth, denying them the resources to continue their bad behavior, to take the money away from them", he said.

"I cannot talk about legal or economic guarantees but I can talk about serious, determined, immediate work from the European side", Mogherini said.

The move by Trump dismayed key European allies, who had spent months urging Trump not to walk away from the agreement.

"At the moment, it's the only diplomatic proposition on the table", French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told Le Parisien newspaper in an interview.

Mr Le Drian has already described the United States sanctions as unacceptable, saying European business should not be required to pay for USA foreign policy decisions. Bolton said on ABC's "This Week".

France, he said, is "totally determined" to "make our economic interests respected and to respect one principle, which is the refusal of extra-territorial sanctions". "The answer is no.", he said.

It's not in Iran's interest to provoke a conflict with the United States, but escalation happens in unpredictable ways. "The answer is no".

Mr Le Maire said he was seeking concrete exemptions for countries already present in Iran, including Renault, Total, Sanofi, Danone and Peugeot.

"If the government of New Zealand obeys any sanction against Iran, it is not sanction against Iran it is a sanction against the New Zealand companies", Mr Mianji said.

"Those were my opinions then", he added.

Trump's move to ditch the nuclear deal has infuriated Washington's allies in Europe as well as China and Russian Federation. We will continue to act together with our partners to deal with the threat of Iran's hostile policy.

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