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You would not know it from reading the news, but the Iran nuclear deal is still alive.The United States next reimposed a first batch of economic sanctions on Iran in early August.That confirmation coincided with a meeting of the European Union's foreign ministers in Vienna to discuss Europe's position toward Iran. Let's start with the most obvious point – whether the European Union can stand firm on the Iran nuclear deal itself.Europe, in short, does not have the political power to defend the Iran deal with Washington gone rogue on its commitment.It is not only relevant with regard to Iran but also toward Russia, where the EU may not want to follow any and all U.S. policies but is currently compelled to do so.On Iran, however, there is currently no way for the two sides of the Atlantic to come together: the three European signatories of the deal – France, the U.K. and Germany – had tried to find common ground with the U.S. earlier this year on areas of mutual concern, such as Iran's missile program, its involvement in the region's conflicts, and a continuation of its nuclear commitments after 2025 – only to be snubbed by Washington's unilateral withdrawal from the deal.
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