U.S. has ‘very good’ talks with Europeans on changes to Iran nuclear deal

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By Middle East Affairs

The United States and three European allies had “very good” talks on President Donald Trump’s demand that they address “flaws” in the international nuclear deal with Iran, a U.S. envoy told Reuters on Friday.

Trump says he will pull the United States out of the 2015 deal if the other countries involved do not take steps to rectify the deal by May 12.

Other countries in the agreement are France, Russia, Germany, Britain and China.

Senior officials from each country met Vienna on Friday, according to Reuters.

The news agency said the U.S. delegation also met their counterparts from France, Britain and Germany on Thursday.

“What the president has asked us to do is to work with our European allies and see if we can come to an agreement before May 12 and we don’t have any instructions beyond May 12,” U.S. envoy Brian Hook said at a news conference.

“I don’t want to prejudge what kind of mechanisms that we will use to reach an agreement with the Europeans. What the president said on Jan. 12 is that we much reach a supplemental agreement with the European allies in three specific areas,” he said.

“This is the third meeting that we have had with the E3, (we) had very good discussions. There is a lot that we agree on and where we disagree we are working to bridge our differences,” Hook said.

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