It is the smile that appears on the faces of the two heads of the American diplomacy and the European Union, Mike Pompeo and Federica Mogherini … In reality, it is a hurried meeting which leads to discussions with sticks broken on the Iranian crisis.
Europeans have expressed concern over renewed tensions between Washington and Tehran. The United States, which accuses Iran of preparing imminent attacks on its interests in the Middle East, has sent a warship and a battery of missiles into the Gulf.
“Mike Pompeo has heard very clearly my position, but also that of the other foreign ministers of the European Union: we are going through a crucial and delicate moment, and the best attitude to take, the most responsible, is maximum restraint to avoid any escalation military, “said at a press conference Federica Mogherini, the head of European diplomacy.
- “Risk of conflict”
The tone was given by British Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt at the start of the Brussels meeting: “We are very worried about the risk of a conflict happening by accident due to escalating tensions”.
“The US position to increase pressure and sanctions does not suit us,” added his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian.
The meeting with Mike Pompeo was organized in a rush, admitted Federica Mogherini. “We have very serious differences and differences, and we believe that dialogue is the best way to address them and avoid escalation,” she added.
- Bypass US sanctions?
At the same time, the European Union, which is trying to display its unity, is ready to set up its mechanism to circumvent US sanctions and thus continue to trade with Iran.
The Europeans, however, have not appreciated the threats of President Hassan Rohani, who announced that he would continue to give up his commitments made in 2015 concerning his nuclear program, if the Europeans “did not respect their commitments”. A position that had been supported by one of the other two signatories of the agreement: Russia.