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The Sanctions Standoff

With US President Donald Trump's decision to abandon the Iran nuclear deal, the European Union now has the unenviable task of trying to prevent the agreement from collapsing. How the EU responds to the reinstatement of US sanctions could have far-reaching implications for the Middle East – and for the transatlantic relationship.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech on Iran's nuclear program JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images
Iran's Foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images
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