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Europe must not pay Trump ‘ransom’ over nuclear deal:Iran

TEHRAN (AFP) – A top Iranian official on Tuesday welcomed European powers’ efforts to salvage a historic nuclear deal, but warned they should not simply hand over “a ransom” to US President Donald Trump.

Trump has threatened not to renew the 2015 accord, which curbed Iran’s nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief.

His threats have prompted pressure from European officials ahead of a May 12 deadline for his decision.

“We have welcomed the insistence of the European Union on keeping America in the JCPOA (nuclear deal),” said Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran’s Supreme Council for National Security, in a televised press conference.

“But if this means degrading the Islamic republic of Iran or paying a ransom to Trump, the Europeans are making a strategic mistake,” he said.

The European parties to the agreement — Britain, France, Germany and the European Union — have been trying to convince Trump to stick to the accord.

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