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European Union chief chides Trump for 'capricious' policies

European Union chief chides Trump for 'capricious' policies”

In his letter, Tusk also warned against the USA negotiating new trade tariffs on steel and aluminum, saying that the European Union would "stick to its guns" on keeping deals current.

He also criticized U.S. President Donald trump, who announced their withdrawal from the agreement, reports dpa.

"The EU will continue fighting for a rules-based global system despite recent decisions on climate change, tariffs and Iran", the source said after the leaders met over dinner in Sofia.

The 28 leaders will also discuss the deaths of dozens of Palestinians in Gaza after Trump moved the United States embassy to Jerusalem, in another move that the Europeans had strongly opposed.

"Looking at the latest decisions of President Trump, someone could even think: with friends like that who needs enemies?" he added.

"The world is in disorder", European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker declared on Wednesday (16 May).

As trans-Atlantic problems mount, Tusk is leading an European Union summit to address the outstanding issues with the Trump administration, which center on the USA withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal and the threat to impose punitive trade sanctions on the 28-nation EU.

At meetings with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Brussels on May 15, Britain, France, Germany vowed to keep the JCPOA alive despite the US withdrawal.

The options being considered include new credit lines for Iran, increased energy cooperation and the use of EU laws to block European companies from caving in to USA sanctions.

The break with the US over the Iran deal is just the latest in a series of major breaches in the transatlantic relationship. But at the news conference in Sofia, he was clearly not in any joking mood.

Repudiating the result of more than a decade of diplomacy, Trump quit the accord last week, complaining that the deal does not cover Iran's ballistic missiles, its role in regional wars or what happens after the pact begins to expire in 2025. And he exhorted European leaders not to be reliant on Washington.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel insisted the pact also helped with concerns about Tehran's role in Middle East conflicts.

"If the JCPOA is supposed to continue, it was a good start and it has sent an important political message, but this is not the end of the work", Zarif said on his flight back to Tehran, according to state news agency IRNA. The meeting is due on May 25.

Iran said the new USA sanctions were an attempt to derail efforts to save the nuclear deal. Add that trump intends to immediately impose sanctions against any foreign companies that will do business with Iran.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on May 15 that experts had already started working on measures that the bloc might take to shield European companies from renewed USA sanctions on Iran.

"Trump played his first card, but miscalculated the second move", Rouhani was quoted as saying by the ISNA agency.



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