US moves to end Iran nuclear deal threaten relations with Europe, Asian allies

Sputnik News– Reports that President Donald Trump is looking to halt US participation in the Iran nuclear deal would place Washington at odds with nations that have since reopened business ties with Tehran, according to a report by the private intelligence firm Soufan Group on Thursday.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The report cited indications from the White House that Trump is ready to charge Iran with noncompliance, which Soufan predicted would likely prompt Iran to abandon its commitments and resume efforts to make nuclear weapons.

“Many major non-US companies have re-entered the Iranian market since sanctions against doing so were lifted in January 2016,” the report said.

The report goes on to explain that a US withdrawal would “almost certainly” prompt Congress to reimpose additional sanctions on Iran.

That, in turn, could force nations, including those in the agreement — Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia — to instruct their companies not to comply with US sanctions, the report said.

US law requires the president to certify that Iran is in compliance with the agreement every 90 days, with the next deadline in October.