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Trump's Iran plans driving EU toward Russia and China: Germany

Trump's Iran plans driving EU toward Russia and China: Germany
From Reuters - October 12, 2017

BERLIN (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trumps expected move to de-certify the international nuclear deal with Iran is driving a wedge between Europe and the United States and bringing Europeans closer to Russia and China, Germany said on Thursday.

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has spoken out repeatedly against Trumps likely step, but his latest comments aimed to spell out the impact it would have in starker terms.

Its imperative that Europe sticks together on this issue, Gabriel, a Social Democrat, told the RND German newspaper group. We also have to tell the Americans that their behavior on the Iran issue will drive us Europeans into a common position with Russia and China against the USA.

Trump is seen unveiling a broad strategy on confronting Iran this week, likely on Friday, including a move to de-certify Irans compliance with the 2015 accord, which he has called an embarrassment and the worst deal ever negotiated.

Senior U.S. officials, European allies and prominent U.S. lawmakers have told Trump that refusing to certify the deal would leave the U.S. isolated, concede the diplomatic high ground to Tehran, and ultimately risk the unraveling of the agreement.

The U.N. nuclear watchdog has repeatedly certified that Iran is adhering to restrictions on its nuclear energy program mandated by the deal to help ensure it cannot be put to developing atomic bombs.

Signed by the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China, the European Union and Iran, the deal lifted sanctions on Tehran in exchange for curbs on its nuclear work.

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