Jonathan Eyal European governments are hoping to discover by the end of this week whether Teheran is satisfied with their reassurances that trade between Iran and the world will continue, despite the US' decision to pull out of a nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions on the country.
But though chances are high that Iran will consent to remain bound by its nuclear restraint promises and use the Europeans' reassurances as a defence against American economic sanctions, European officials familiar with the matter privately acknowledge they are not optimistic about the nuclear deal's long-term chances of survival.
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