Macron calls up Trump, expresses worry over his Iran nuclear deal move

Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel

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Theresa May, Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel have all expressed their desire to see the deal continue but are faced with the prospect of U.S. sanctions affecting the European countries ability to do business with Iran.

Tehran expressed his opposition to Trump's move, as well as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her French counterpart Emmanuel Macron expressed concerns over Washington's decision. The 2015 nuclear agreement is a crucial element of peace and security in the region.

"International companies with interests in many countries make their own choices according to their own interests".

French President Emmanuel Macron arrives for an informal dinner ahead of a summit with leaders of the six Western Balkans countries in Sofia, Bulgaria, May 16, 2018.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said before the meeting in Brussels that "the United Kingdom and our European partners continue to view the nuclear deal as vital for our shared security, and remain fully committed to upholding it".

On Wednesday, French energy group Total said it would pull out of a multibillion-dollar gas project in Iran if it couldn't secure a waiver from the USA sanctions.

Finnish mining technology company Outotec said USA sanctions would slow down and complicate its ties with Iran but it was too early to say if it would leave.

"We had a rich discussion on Iran".

Zarif said little to reporters Tuesday but suggested he wanted to discuss the deaths of dozens of Palestinians in Gaza as well as the nuclear deal, which U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from last week.

"I don't know the exact timing details, but I am certain that we're also going to shut down (in Iran)", Skou told Reuters in an interview following Maersk's first-quarter earnings.

But he added that the European Union must stand by smaller companies which were willing to carry on Iran business.

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