In addition, Mogherini urged adherence to the bloc's consistent position that the Iran nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), must succeed before the bloc will agree to further action against Iran. "On behalf of the American people, may light prevail over darkness in this New Year, and may the Iranian people soon enjoy a new day of peace, prosperity, and joy".
Steinitz said the worldwide community should no longer tolerate issues that are not in the deal, such as Iran's aggressive takeover of countries in the region and its support for terrorism. It said they must agree to "fix the awful flaws of the Iran nuclear deal" - which was sealed under his predecessor Barack Obama - or he would refuse to extend USA sanctions relief on Iran. But German leadership has been less vocal on the issue, which has played well in Iran.
In January, the president informed his European counterparts that unless the flaws in the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and the world powers are fixed, he will not extend the existing waivers for sanctions relief that expire May 12.
Speaking to reporters before a meeting of European Union foreign ministers Monday, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian seemed to indicate Paris was seeking agreement to up sanctions on Iran.
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Araqchi's remarks were actually a response to a review in which Britain, France as well as Germany have suggested new European Union sanctions regarding Iran's missiles, and also the part they play in Syria's conflict, trying to encourage Washington to maintain the 2015 atomic agreement with Tehran. "We must not however exclude Iran's responsibility in ballistic missile proliferation and its highly questionable role throughout the Middle East region", he said.
Mr Zarif said: "Considering what has been envisaged in the JCPOA in the field of research and development and the Islamic Republic of Iran's continued measures to develop its peaceful nuclear capability, if the U.S. makes the mistake of exiting the JCPOA, it will definitely be a painful mistake for the Americans".
However, Reuters noted that the obtained document expresses concern at "transfers of Iranian missiles and missile technology" to Syria and allies of Tehran, such as Houthi rebels in Yemen and Lebanon's Iran-backed Shi'ite Hezbollah.
They said that Sadr took steps as part of the project to evade USA economic sanctions by concealing the role of Iran and Iranian parties in payments sent through the US banking system. But with time still to run until May, sanctions did not dominate the debate, diplomats said.