Any move by the U.S. to undermine the Iran deal is seen in Europe as utter folly.
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The package would include a strong statement backing the deal by European powers, together with efforts to lobby the U.S. Congress and put wider pressure on Iran, officials said.The 2-year-old agreement, under which Iran agreed to freeze its nuclear program for 15 years in exchange for sanctions relief, is viewed in Europe as a rare triumph of international diplomacy in the Middle East. As tensions over North Korea's nuclear activities risk boiling over into all-out war, any move by the U.S. to undermine the Iran deal is seen in Europe as utter folly.Despite this, Trump is expected to declare this week that Iran is not complying with the pact.First, Berlin, London and Paris would issue statements reaffirming their commitment to the deal.Second, they would redouble efforts to lobby Congress, which appears keen to keep the deal, against any rash moves.If Trump follows through on his threats, it will be the second time in four months that he has distanced the United States from a major multilateral agreement despite intense lobbying by partners and members of his own Cabinet.But in Europe, the Iran move would be seen as far more damaging than Trump's decision in June to pull out of the Paris climate accord.
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