"The deal is working" - European Union 'remains committed' to Iran nuclear agreement

But the angst in Berlin, Brussels, London and Paris underlined what is at stake: the mercurial United States president is quite capable of sabotaging the agreement.

Zarif referred to Trump's policies as "unpredictable", turning the United States into an "unreliable" ally. Tehran categorically denies it is seeking to develop atomic weapons. The protests that erupted in Iran were due to an economic crisis, but morphed into something more fundamental. "Now Trump has seen young Iranians on the street calling for something that at least parallels that, he may push back on the course of prudence, which would be to give the deal another three months", she added. As long as it's in place, Iran can not develop a weapon without our advanced knowledge.

Sanders did not say when an announcement would be made.

The State Department has threatened to take punitive action against Iranian officials who engaged in violence and other aggressive tactics to crush the protests.

The JCPOA, enacted in 2015 by Iran, the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany, allowed the lifting of worldwide sanctions on Iran in exchange for compliance with restrictions on its nuclear program.

By thus "decertifying" the arrangement, he opened a window for Congress to reimpose sanctions, but to date, it has not done so - leaving the issue of the waivers. "The Iran nuclear deal makes the world safer".

The mixed approach comes as Mr Trump, a fierce critic of the 2015 deal, attempts to keep his political base happy while living up to the realities of diplomacy.

In a gesture to Trump, France's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Paris shared Washington's concerns about Iran's ballistic missile programme and involvement in wars in Yemen and Syria, but stressed the nuclear deal should still stand.

He accused Iran of committing "multiple violations" and promised to work with Congress to "address the deal's many serious flaws".

Late Tuesday, a White House official indicated that the decision may be pushed until early next week.

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The accord, he added can be considered "either good or bad but it is the only one that reflects this consensus", Peskov added at a press conference. It has said it will stick to the accord as long as the other signatories respect it, but will "shred" the deal if Washington pulls out.

Q&A Why is Trump hostile to Iran?

Federica Mogherini was speaking alongside the Foreign Ministers of France, Germany and Britain following a Brussels meeting with their Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif in which the diplomats broached the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, an accord that saw Tehran swap much of its nuclear program for a relaxation of the worldwide sanctions that had been imposed previously, Efe reported.

Earlier on January 11, Zarif met with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, where he lauded Russia's role in the conclusion and implementation of the nuclear deal signed in 2015 between Tehran and the six world powers.

"The unity of the worldwide community is essential to preserve a deal that is working, that is making the world safer and that is preventing potential nuclear arms race in the region".

This will be the first time the president has been faced with a deadline since the announcement of his new Iran strategy last October.

"Europeans must convince Iran that they can deliver on their JCPOA commitments without the US".

"We understand well that why the West, especially the USA, are pursuing Iranophobia", Iranian defence minister Amir Hatami said, adding: "This is a total American story that says for the progress of America's economy, staging wars is inevitable".

Zari has been invited by the European Union (EU) to discussions with his French, German and British counterparts on the preservation of the Iranian nuclear deal.

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