Iran accuses EU of abandoning nuclear deal for fear of ‘bully’ Trump Jan 17, 2020 0 97 12345 AFPTehranIran accused European governments on Thursday of sacrificing a troubled 2015 nuclear deal to avoid trade reprisals from US President Donald Trump who has spent nearly two years trying to scupper it.Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Trump was again behaving like a “high school bully” and the decision by Britain, France and Germany to heed his pressure to lodge a complaint over Iranian compliance deprived them of any right to claim the moral high ground.The three governments “sold out remnants of #JCPOA (the nuclear deal) to avoid new Trump tariffs,” Zarif charged.“It won’t work my friends. You only whet his appetite. Remember your high school bully?”Germany’s defence minister on Thursday confirmed a Washington Post report that the US had threatened to impose a 25% tariff on imports of European cars if EU governments continued to back the nuclear deal.“This expression or threat, as you will, does exist,” Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer told a news conference during a visit to London.Zarif said Europe’s unwillingness to antagonise the US made a mockery of its stated determination to rescue the nuclear deal. “If you want to sell your integrity, go ahead,” Zarif tweeted. “But DO NOT assume high moral/legal ground.”The European states triggered a dispute mechanism established under the deal, which allows a party to claim significant non-compliance by another party before a joint commission, with appeals possible to an advisory board and ultimately to the UN Security Council.Since Washington pulled out of the agreement and reimposed crippling unilateral sanctions in 2018, EU governments have sought to find a way to allow businesses to continue trading with Iran without incurring huge US penalties. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Haftar ‘agrees to abide by’ ceasefire, ready to join Libya talks: Germany Jan 17, 2020 0 1707 Dozens killed as Damascus presses Idlib offensive Jan 17, 2020 0 107 Four Nigerian troops killed in militant attack Jan 17, 2020 0 1691 Iran says ‘daily enrichment’ of uranium higher than 2015 Tehran: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday that his country’s “daily enrichment” of uranium was currently “higher” than before the conclusion of the 2015 nuclear deal. Rouhani, who instigated the .. Lebanon detains 100 after protests turn violent Beirut: Lebanon’s security forces were holding at least 100 anti-government protesters on Thursday, lawyers told AFP, after two nights of demonstrations that turned violent in Beirut. With little change in sight, .. US resumes joint military operations in Iraq: NYT AFP Washington The US on Wednesday resumed joint military operations with Iraq that had been put on pause after the US drone strike that killed a top Iranian general in Baghdad, the New York Times reported. Two US military .. Iraq’s top cleric undergoes successful surgery on broken thigh Baghdad: Iraq’s most influential cleric, Ali al-Sistani, on Thursday underwent successful surgery on a broken thigh bone, an Iraqi medical source said. Al-Sistani, who is 89 and rarely seen in public, wields clout .. Netanyahu hopeful for US-Israeli’s release after Putin call Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday he was optimistic an Israeli-American woman jailed in Russia would be released, after a phone call with President Vladimir Putin. The case of Naama .. EU’s Michel, Putin ‘hopeful’ that Berlin talks bring Libya ceasefire Brussels: European Council President Charles Michel and Russian President Vladimir Putin are both hopeful that Sunday’s Libya conference in Berlin will deliver a ceasefire, says a statement from Michel’s office .. 5 million Syrian children displaced, says United Nations Geneva/Beirut: Warring parties in Syria have been targeting children for years, creating millions of underage victims who have been forced to flee and forfeit access to a proper education, UN rights investigators .. World ‘will not rest’ until answers on downed Iran jet: Canada London: Canada’s foreign minister on Thursday vowed to push Iran for answers about the mistaken downing of a passenger plane amid high tensions after the US killed one of Tehran’s top commanders. “In the wake of such a ..