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Europe's bid to save Iran nuke deal may be futile

Measures to counter US sanctions unlikely to count for much

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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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 01, 2018, with the headline 'Europe's bid to save Iran nuke deal may be futile'. Print Edition | Subscribe