5/17/2018, 3:52 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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EU leaders agree to remain in Iran deal - Tusk

The President of the European Council Donald Tusk (pictured right) stated on Thursday that the leaders of the 28-member bloc have agreed to remain in the Iran nuclear deal if Tehran stays committed to it, despite United States President Donald Trump's decision to scrap the agreement signed in 2015. Speaking at a news conference during a two-day meeting between leaders of the EU and the Western Balkans in Sofia, Tusk added that the member countries have already prepared ways to defend the interests of European companies dealing with Iran against potential US sanctions.

"On Iran nuclear deal, we agreed unanimously that the EU will stay in the agreement as long as Iran remains fully committed to it. Additionally the Commission was given a green light to be ready to act whenever European interests are affected," Tusk, who is also the chairman of the two-day EU summit in the Bulgarian capital, told a news conference.

Meanwhile, the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker (pictured left) said that the EU will launch on Friday moves to prevent US sanctions on Iran, the AFP reported. Also, regarding the US steel and aluminum tariffs, Juncker added that Brussels is ready to start negotiations on trade liberalization if Washington permanently extends exemptions from the punitive measures.

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