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Tuesday, August 07, 2018

The European Union's top foreign affairs representative Federica Mogherini and three EU foreign ministers, Jeremy Hunt from the UK, Jean-Yves Le Drian from France and Heiko Maas from Germany, have jointly condemned American sanctions against Iran. While the US has withdrawn from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action -- otherwise known as the Iran nuclear deal -- which aims to ensure Iran's peaceful use of nuclear energy, the EU, China, Russia and Iran continue to uphold the agreement. Now the EU wants to circumvent the current US sanctions, which will also punish European companies that do business with Iran.

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The EU Commission considers the 'secondary sanctions' imposed by the US on European companies illegal. The Americans are seeking to ban European carmakers, banks and energy companies from doing business with Iran. If they violate the ban, their assets in the US may be seized. Even American companies dealing with European companies, which in turn are engaged in Iran, face penalties.

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And here comes Trade War #2.

Good Job, Conservatives.

#1 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-08-07 01:07 PM | Reply

Sanctions for everyone!

I sanction you and you and especially YOU!

Seizing the assets of our Allies will do more than cause a trade war.

Stand by to Stand by.

The fun is about to begin in earnest.

The President can say and do any nasty thing he wants. But, there will be consequences.


#2 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-08-07 01:31 PM | Reply

And when we finally do go to war it will not only be alone but the entire world will be against it.

Our allies will walk away, Russia will be more than happy to fill our void and righties will see up close and personal what their policy ideas can achieve. Unfortunately we'll all get to experience that.

#3 | Posted by jpw at 2018-08-07 02:46 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Russian smugglers are going to make a killing routing EU and Chinese goods into Iran in exchange for discounted oil.
Putin told Donnie to do this.

#4 | Posted by bored at 2018-08-07 05:36 PM | Reply

This should be entertaining. Donnie wants the world to sacrifice because his puppet masters have him boxed in.

Where the fu€k is sniper and company for these threads?

#5 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2018-08-07 05:59 PM | Reply

I read this today:

www.theguardian.com

In the spirit of the article, I note that US voters have elected 535 members of Congress to govern in their name, yet in practice the system allows one man to dictate policy, for reasons that are not clearly in the best interests of the US and with which almost no-one agrees. Call me old fashioned, but in my book that's called dictatorship, not democracy.

#6 | Posted by Foreigner at 2018-08-07 07:14 PM | Reply

Quick answer:

They can't, because the only person who thought the blocking statute had any teeth was Warren Christopher (and his timidity got him replaced by Albright) and they won't, because the US is their largest market and they can't be frozen out of our financial markets.

#7 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-08-07 07:23 PM | Reply

How is the US going to know if Mercedes sells cars to Russia and Russia ships them to Iran in the middle of the night in exchange for oil. Black market trade doesn't need banks. This is just going to make Russian smugglers rich.

#8 | Posted by bored at 2018-08-07 09:01 PM | Reply

This, is how America gets nurtured.

The rest of the world ignores our fat moron leader.

We belong at the kids table, with North Korea.

#9 | Posted by ClownShack at 2018-08-07 09:09 PM | Reply

They can't

They are.

the US is their largest market

China is happy to replace us.

#10 | Posted by ClownShack at 2018-08-07 09:11 PM | Reply

Such great allies we have there. These were the same clowns (including the ones in Mexico North) that ignored our Cuba embargo as well. Quick, let's throw more money at NATO!

#11 | Posted by ihatethedotard at 2018-08-08 07:18 AM | Reply

Such great allies we have there.

Your hero has been flinging poo at them since he took office. Why would you expect them to do as he says? Perhaps international relations are too complicated for both of you.

#12 | Posted by JOE at 2018-08-08 08:18 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Such great allies we have there.

Who broke the agreement - Trump or our allies?

#13 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2018-08-08 12:59 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Quick, let's throw more money at NATO!"

Care to attempt to explain that statement?

When have we thrown money at NATO?

#14 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-08-08 05:27 PM | Reply

How is the US going to know if Mercedes sells cars to Russia and Russia ships them to Iran in the middle of the night in exchange for oil. Black market trade doesn't need banks. This is just going to make Russian smugglers rich. PM

They have been doing that for years, so nothing there changes. That is Germany's problem, not ours.

China is happy to replace us.

They can't even come close on the Financial Markets side, which is all that really counts with these sanctions in that regard.

#15 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-08-08 05:37 PM | Reply

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