European powers to reaffirm support for Iran nuclear deal: report

European powers to reaffirm support for Iran nuclear deal: report
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European powers are planning on Thursday to reiterate their commitment to the Iran nuclear deal, Reuters reported.

The foreign ministers of Britain, Germany and France, along with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, are planning to reaffirm their support at a meeting with the European Union’s top diplomat, Federica Mogherini, according to the report.

One diplomat told Reuters the aim is to "send a message to Washington that Iran is complying and that it is better to have the nuclear agreement than to isolate Tehran."

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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes MORE must decide by the end of the week whether he will recertify Iran's compliance with the deal. Recertification indicates Iran is living up to its side of the deal to limit its nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief by the U.S. and other countries.

Trump refused to make the certification the last time the deadline rolled around, but because it's a requirement of U.S. law, and not the deal itself, that move did not kill the accord.

In the days after Thursday's certification deadline, Trump will also have to decide whether to continue waiving sanctions lifted as part of the deal.

Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonTrump lashes out over Kelly criticism: 'He misses the action' Timeline: Trump and Romney's rocky relationship Top Democrat demands Barr recuse himself from case against Turkish bank MORE said last week he is actively working with the White House and members of Congress on a potential fix to the Iran nuclear deal that would allow the U.S. to stay in it.

“The president said he is either going to fix it or cancel it,” Tillerson told The Associated Press. “We are in the process of trying to deliver on the promise he made to fix it.”