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Speaking on "Fox News Sunday, " Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said withdrawing from the 2015 accord wasn't aimed at Europeans, but he didn't rule out the USA imposing sanctions on entities that continue to do business with Iran, even as efforts continue to strike a new deal.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif touched down in Moscow on Monday morning as part of a series of worldwide diplomatic meetings aimed at saving the Iran nuclear deal following the United States' withdrawal.

Bolton struck a more hawkish tone with his comments in an interview with CNN's State of the Union than Pompeo did when he was interviewed on Fox News Sunday.

U.S. President Donald Trump said last week that the United States would withdraw from the deal, a landmark agreement signed in 2015 by Iran, Russia, the United States, Britain, China, France and Germany.

Khamenei said on Wednesday that Iran does not trust France, Germany and the United Kingdom to provide the "real guarantees" needed for Iran to remain in the agreement. The Iranian foreign minister will thus have consultations will all parties to the nuclear deal, except for the US.

"We are stakeholders in the Vienna agreement and we are going to stay stakeholders", Le Drian told reporters in Dublin on Sunday.

"There is a realization among all European states what we can not keep going in the direction we are headed today whereby we submit to American decisions", said French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire. And the consequences of American sanctions go well beyond goods shipped by American companies, because of our technology licenses to many other countries and businesses around the world, Bolton said.

The deal between Iran and six world powers lifted most global sanctions in 2016 in return for Tehran curbing its nuclear programme, under strict surveillance by the United Nations, to stockpile enriched uranium for a possible atomic bomb.

Israel and Iran engaged in an extensive military exchange on the heels of Trump's decision to leave the deal.

Crude lifting on Middle East concerns once again. "Now, that will not happen!"

However, US President Donald Trump, a long-time critic of the agreement, on Tuesday defied last-ditch efforts by European allies and announced Washington's withdrawal from the deal.

Germany's minister for economic affairs, Peter Altmaier, said on Sunday that Berlin will try to "persuade the USA government to change its behavior".

Altmaier said there was a deadline of up to 90 days for foreign firms to comply with USA sanctions or face penalties.

Fellow signatories to the deal have been quick to denounce Trump's decision.

French President Emmanuel Macron held phone talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, according to a Kremlin statement, which said they had "confirmed Russia and France's commitment to make the deal work".

As a private citizen, Bolton suggested in the past that the United States push for a change in Iran's government. He's talked about it with Prime Minister May, not just Iran's nuclear threat now, the threat in the future, the ballistic missile programs, and the instability that Iran is causing around the region, Bolton said.

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Trump also announced that the U.S. re-imposes the "highest level of economic sanctions" on the Islamic Republic, including the sanctions against the country's oil sector. "He makes the decisions, and the advice I give him is between us".

The pact's signing had been planned for long time, but the move coincides with the USA move to re-impose sanctions against Iran that have rattled US allies.

But as of Friday, companies in Europe said they were still taking Iranian oil.

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