The speaker of the house of representatives stressed the need for cooperation between the United States and Europe on Iran
The United States is negotiating with the EU about to tighten sanctions against Iran in connection with its missile program and foreign policy, said Thursday the speaker of the house of representatives Paul Ryan at the conference in UAE.
Speaking in the capital, Abu Dhabi, Ryan said that the Islamic Republic is trying to strengthen its influence in the region to the detriment of such U.S. allies like the UAE and Saudi Arabia, and Tehran’s ambitions must be curbed by sanctions.
The United States and other major powers took a significant portion of sanctions against Iran after signing a historic nuclear agreement in 2015, subsequently, however, Washington imposed new sanctions against Tehran over its missile program.
Ryan said that the EU should follow the US example, and recalled the 120-day ultimatum, which the President trump has put forward to Congress and European allies UK, France and Germany, demanding to adopt a more hard-line approach against Iran. Otherwise, the President is threatening to restore the sanctions in full.
“Let’s see how they violate the restrictions on missile testing that they do in the region, in Syria, in Yemen – said Ryan. We can do more with the economic side. We have the tools we can use together with our allies… We are in discussion about the tightening sanctions and seek to involve Europe.”
Trump also warned that the United States will not continue to adhere to the nuclear agreement that he calls “the worst ever concluded,” and Britain, France and Germany began to discuss a plan that will satisfy its requirements for the adoption of measures in the missile program of Iran and its activities in the region.
Iran is one of the most ambitious missile programs in the middle East, and some of its missiles with precision guidance is able to strike at Israel. Tehran has repeatedly said that its program is strictly defensive in nature and is not negotiable.
Saudi Arabia, UAE and other Arab countries accuse Iran of fomenting wars and political crises throughout the region by supporting Shiite movements.