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EU: Iran nuclear deal is working

The Iran nuclear deal has been given continued support by Europe after talks in Brussels.

The European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini insisted the Iran nuclear deal “is working” as US President Donald Trump mulls re-imposing sanctions on Tehran.

Mr Trump formally rejected the deal in October, although the United States has not yet pulled out.

At a press conference with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, German counterpart Sigmar Gabriel, Ms Mogherini said: “The deal is working, it is delivering on its main goal which means keeping the Iranian nuclear programme in check and under close surveillance.”

She was speaking after a meeting they had with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif who tweeted to say there was “strong consensus in Brussels”.

Britain, France and Germany called on Mr Trump to uphold a pact curbing Iran’s nuclear ambitions ahead of a ruling tomorrow by the US President that could put an end to the accord that he has relentlessly criticised.

Mr Johnson challenged Mr Trump to show there is a better alternative to the 2015 deal,  which he said Iran was fully compliant with, while Mr Gabriel said Europe wanted to protect the deal “against every possible undermining decision”.

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