Europe ‘Tiptoes’ Towards Trump’s Iran Policy, Reuters Reports

Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion | 1/19/2019 | Vijeta Uniyal
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In what can only be described as another foreign policy win for President Donald Trump, the European countries are ‘tiptoeing’ towards Washington’s position on Iran, Reuters reported Friday. Describing the recent shift in European diplomacy, the news agency noted that the “new approach moves Europe closer to U.S. President Donald Trump’s policy of isolating Iran with tough sanctions.”

“We thought we could get some effort from the Iranians in several areas,” a European diplomat told Reuters, citing Tehran’s ballistic missile program and acts of terrorism on European soil. “There’s a feeling of frustration among Britain, France and Germany, and others, after the first phase of diplomacy with Iran.”

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Referring to a meeting between top Iranian officials and European envoys on January 8, Reuters disclosed that Iranian representatives “abruptly stood up, walked out and slammed the door in an extraordinary break with protocol.” Adding that the “French, British, German, Danish, Dutch, and Belgian diplomats in the Iranian foreign ministry room had incensed the officials with a message that Europe could no longer tolerate ballistic missile tests in Iran and assassination plots on European soil, according to four EU diplomats.”

Following the breakdown of these talks, Brussels imposed sanctions against Iran. The move came after the Dutch authorities accused Iran of carrying out at least four assassination and bomb plots on European soil. The sanctions, mostly symbolic in nature, will target the regime’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard, ministry of intelligence, and a few senior officials.

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Reuters reported how Europe was moving “closer to U.S. President Donald Trump’s policy of isolating Iran’:

The sanctions [imposed on January 8] were largely symbolic but the stormy meeting encapsulated the unexpected shift in European diplomacy since the end of last year. Smaller, more dovish EU countries have joined France and Britain in a harder stance on Tehran, including considering new economic sanctions,...
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