The Latest: EU defends Iran nuclear deal; no new sanctions

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8:45 p.m.

The European Union has strongly defended the landmark 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and declined to impose new sanctions despite Tehran’s actions in Syria.

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said that “this was not foreseen to be a decision today,” adding that further consideration on how to deal with Iran’s role in the Syrian conflict “will happen in the coming days or weeks.”

Mogherini sought to draw a clear line between Iran’s adherence to the nuclear agreement and other actions that the EU and U.S. find objectionable. Iran is a key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad and supports militant groups across the region.

U.S. President Donald Trump has vowed to withdraw from the 2015 agreement by May 12 unless U.S., British, French and German negotiators can agree to fix what he sees as its serious flaws.

“One thing is clear to all of us,” Mogherini said of the 28 EU nations. “We want to preserve the nuclear deal with Iran. We want to see the full compliance by all to all commitments included in the deal.”

She says the EU takes Iranian activities in the region “extremely seriously, and that is why we already have a sanctions regime in place addressing some of this behaviour.”

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