Iran: EU must decide if it wants to submit to US

EU begins talks on Iran sanctions-evading payment scheme

EU begins talks on Iran sanctions-evading payment scheme

In commentary published last month, German Foreign Minister Meiko Haas made the case for greater European independence from USA foreign-policy initiatives.

"The Europeans and the other signatories must act in order to compensate for the effects of the USA sanctions", Zarif told the German news magazine Der Spiegel on Saturday.

The US withdrew from the 2015 agreement in May and began reimposing sanctions on Iran at the start of August, with further sanctions on the country's finance and energy sectors to follow on November 4. He warned that Tehran might act if "the balance of give and take were destroyed".

Earlier in 2018, Kerry was reported to have met with Iranian officials to work together on stopping President Trump from withdrawing from the nuclear deal.

Partial or reduced implementation is another possibility, Zarif asserted.

The Europeans needed to decide whether they are ready to let deeds follow their words, the chief diplomat added.

"The Europeans and the other signatories must act in order to compensate for the effects of the USA sanctions", he said.

The EU has invariably opposed the USA withdrawal, calling the deal a pillar of regional and worldwide peace and security.

Germany, France and Britain are mulling setting up a new financial institution to allow European Union trade with Iran to continue despite American sanctions renewed by US President Donald Trump, German media reported Friday.

It is not clear which officials Goldberg was referring to, but Kerry has been openly working to salvage the nuclear deal - the signature foreign policy achievement of the Obama administration - and to oppose the Trump administration's policy toward the regime, even as Iran faces new political and economic pressures that could force it back to the negotiating table.