Iranian Official Claims that European Missile Sanctions would Violate Nuclear Deal

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An Iranian who chairs a Maltese bank has been arrested on USA charges that he participated in a scheme to evade US sanctions and funnel more than $115 million paid under a Venezuelan construction contract through the US financial system, federal prosecutors said on Tuesday.

Trump has repeatedly described the JCPOA, which was negotiated under his predecessor, Barack Obama, as "the worst and most one-sided transaction Washington has ever entered into", a characterization he often used during his presidential campaign, and threatened to tear it up. In addition, Mogherini urged adherence to the bloc's consistent position that the Iran nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), must succeed before the bloc will agree to further action against Iran.

Prosecutors said Sadr's family controlled an Iranian conglomerate called Stratus Group, which had global business operations and that led a project to construct thousands of housing units in Venezuela.

Mr Trump has given the European signatories a May 12 deadline to "fix the awful flaws" of the deal, agreed under his predecessor Barack Obama, or he will refuse to extend American sanctions relief. From the European Union, Trump is looking for commitment and willingness to issue sanctions that push back against Iran's ballistic missile program and regional activities.

An Iranian official claims that proposed European sanctions on Iran for its ballistic missile program would "be making a big mistake" and suggested that they would be violating the nuclear deal, Reuters reported on Saturday.

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Iran issued a warning to Donald Trump over the weekend that the U.S. would be making a "painful mistake" if he decides to pull out of the nuclear deal. "It is clearly not a matter of adding sanctions - no proposal in this respect today and clearly, no decision", Mogherini told reporters on Monday upon her arrival at a meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council.

However, Reuters noted that the obtained document expresses concern at "transfers of Iranian missiles and missile technology" to Syria and allies of Tehran, such as Houthi rebels in Yemen and Lebanon's Iran-backed Shi'ite Hezbollah.

Steinitz said the global community should no longer tolerate issues that are not in the deal, such as Iran's aggressive takeover of countries in the region and its support for terrorism.

Ali Sadr Hashemi Nejad, 38, was charged in a six-count indictment filed in federal court in Manhattan accusing him of a role in a scheme to evade USA economic sanctions against Iran, prosecutors said.

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