Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is welcomed by European Union Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini ahead of a meeting in Brussels, April 25, 2018. Stephanie Lecocq/Pool via Reuters
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European powers still want to hand Donald Trump next week a plan to save the Iran nuclear deal, but they have also started work on protecting EU-Iranian business ties if the U.S. president makes good on a threat to withdraw, six sources told Reuters.The Europeans say this is already implicit in the original deal.the powers behind the original deal, which took 12 years to negotiate, working toward a grand bargain.That would incorporate the existing nuclear deal and the issues currently discussed between Europeans and Americans.France, Britain and Germany all say they will stay in the deal even if the U.S. withdraws, and try to protect and foster trade with Iran that has soared since the European Union lifted most of its economic sanctions on Iran.Two European officials said reviving the blocking statutes would still be mostly a symbolic step to show the Iranians that Europe was committed to the deal.
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