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With Iran Deal Teetering, Europe Seeks Exemption From U.S. Sanctions

  • Letter from France, Germany, U.K., EU defends JCPOA accord
  • Iran threatens resumption of atomic ativity if no deal reached
A woman wearing a chador walks past a wall mural on a street in Tehran.

A woman wearing a chador walks past a wall mural on a street in Tehran.

Photographer: Ali Mohammadi/Bloomberg
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The European Union asked for exemptions from expected U.S. sanctions on Iran and the bloc’s lending arm balked at supporting Iranian projects, signs of the mounting difficulties in meeting a political pledge to stick with the landmark nuclear deal after President Donald Trump quit the accord.

The troubles emerged as a senior Iranian envoy demanded results from EU negotiations “very soon” and said a failure to provide economic guarantees would result in the resumption of Tehran’s nuclear activities. That threat quickly drew warnings from the U.S.