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Iran Threatens Retaliation If Trump Leaves Nuclear Deal

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Iran--or at least the spokesman of its nuclear energy agency--is apparently ready to respond in-kind if Trump decides to reimpose US sanctions on Tehran by restarting its uranium enrichment program. But that would very likely lead to another retaliation from the EU, which for now is distancing itself from Trump saying Iran is complying with its obligations under the 2015 deal. What are the chances of things spiraling down very quickly?

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Sounds like bluster to me. Is Iran going to start tweeting too?

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Key day is Thursday for this. Every 90 days, Trump has to certify Iran's compliance with the 2015 deal. That's tomorrow ...

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Total SA will be on edge tomorrow. They've got a $1-billion investment pledge in the first phase of a nat gas project in Iran. 

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I don't see any follow up in the news about this today. Did Trump certify or not? 

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Word is he's now expected to extend the sanctions relief for Iran.

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They are supposed to announce it today now. But there is talk that while they will extend the relief (unpopular among hardliners who were hoping for warmongering), they might (as a bone to the hardliners) add additional economic sanctions on certain Iranian businesses and officials for "supporting terrorist groups" (as in Shi'ites, not Sunnis (ISIS is Sunni).

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Right, so for supporting the terrorist groups that are fighting ISIS. How the head does spin ...

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Total says there won't be any delay in its $1-billion South Pars gas project with Iran over this ...

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