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Donald Trump's renunciation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran and the reimposition of U.S. sanctions on that country threaten global peace. Europe's security depends on defending the agreement with Iran despite the U.S. withdrawal.That can happen only if Europe confronts, and ultimately overturns, America's extraterritorial sanctions, which aim to deter trade and financial activities with Iran by non-U.S. actors.Given this folly, European citizens accurately sense that Europe's security interests are no longer closely aligned with those of the U.S.It is one thing for the U.S. to decide that it will not trade with Iran.The U.S. will probably succeed in clamping down on dollar-based transactions, as these are generally cleared through the U.S. banking system.Europe should defend a firm and unequivocal "No" to U.S. extraterritorial sanctions, notably on companies operating in non-dollar currencies.The U.S. and Europe do still have many shared interests; but they have many divergent ones as well, especially when the U.S. violates international law.
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