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As Trump squeezes Iran, Europe squirms

Europe and the Donald Trump administration are increasingly at odds, as Europe tries to rescue the Iran nuclear deal and Trump tries to squeeze it into making further concessions.
Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini take part in meeting with Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Brussels, Belgium, May 15, 2018.  REUTERS/Yves Herman/Pool - RC16D13AE4C0

WASHINGTON — The United States sanctioned Iran’s Central Bank chief today, as European foreign ministers huddled with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Brussels to see if they could rescue the Iran nuclear deal after the US exit from it last week. The divergent actions showed the Donald Trump administration and its closest transatlantic allies at stark odds over how to handle Iran policy, an area where their previous close cooperation during the last US administration had been critical in achieving a breakthrough after over a decade of nuclear talks.

The Treasury Department designated Central Bank of Iran (CBI) Governor Valiollah Seif and a deputy for allegedly assisting or providing financial support to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Quds Force (IRGC-QF) and Hezbollah, both designated as terror groups by the United States.

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