“The EU’s decision would be important particularly amid diverging policies between Europe and the U.S., said Elizabeth Rosenberg, a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security. The U.S. and EU previously coordinated sanctions lists and worked together to reach the 2015 nuclear deal. However, their sanctions strategies are no longer in alignment since President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Iran nuclear pact in 2018.

“’It’s different this time,’ said Ms. Rosenberg, who previously advised on Iran sanctions at the U.S. Treasury Department. ‘There are true political differences between the EU and U.S. on Iran…'”

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