Iran Plotting With U.S. Allies to Skirt Trump’s New Sanctions

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, France's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, and Germany Foreign Minister Heiko Maas

Iranian officials are plotting with U.S. allies across the globe to develop a series a measures meant to counter new sanctions by the Trump administration following its abandonment of the landmark nuclear deal, setting up a global economic showdown between America and its allies over their future business dealings with the Islamic Republic.

Iran Sets May 31 Deadline in Scramble to Salvage Nuclear Deal

VIENNA (Reuters) – European powers have until May 31 to present Iran with a plan to offset the U.S. pullout from its nuclear deal and Washington’s renewed sanctions, a senior Iranian official said, with Tehran “weeks” away from deciding whether to quit the pact.

House Members to Pompeo: U.S. Hostages in Iran Need Your ‘Urgent’ Help

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Four lawmakers have asked for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s “urgent assistance” in securing the release of all American hostages in Iran after the Trump administration’s success in persuading North Korea to free three American hostages before official talks began on limiting Pyongyang’s nuclear program.

U.S. Moves to Shutter All Iranian Nuclear Enrichment Sites in Major Reversal of Obama Policy

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

The Trump administration, in a major reversal of Obama administration policy, is seeking to shutter every Iranian nuclear enrichment site, including its heavy water reactors, which could provide Iran with a second, plutonium-based pathway to a nuclear weapon, according to U.S. officials and others familiar with the policy shift.