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>> US President Donald Trump is expected to declare, as early as Thursday, that Iran is in violation of it's obligations under a 2015 deal between Tehran and Juan Perez on its nuclear program. And also unveil a tougher new strategy against Iran. I'm Noah Bark in Europe correspondent for Reuters in Berlin.
00:00:21
We've been talking to diplomats in Berlin, Paris, and London, about how they're gonna respond to Donald Trump's decision later this week. The European's have been lobbying aggressively to convince the White House and Congress to stick with this deal. British Prime Minister Theresa May talked to Trump personally on Tuesday, and we understand that European capitals are preparing a three pronged response to Trump.
00:00:48
First, they would reaffirm their commitment to this deal. Second, they would redouble efforts to lobby members of congress to support it. And third, perhaps most important they're preparing a package of measures to put additional pressure on Iran in areas that are not within the scope of the nuclear deal.
00:01:09
The hope is that by moving a bit closer to Washington they can get Washington to stick with this deal. This would be the second time in a span of four months that Trump has pulled the United States out of or distanced the US From a major multilateral agreement.
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But the European officials that we've been speaking to say that moving the US away from the Iran deal would be far more dangerous than pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord. Because this could intensify tensions in the Middle East region and perhaps heighten the chances of a war.