Donald Tusk condemns Trump administration as 'capricious'

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On Trump's decision to impose tariffs on European and Chinese steel and aluminium, a move the EU has warned could spark a trade war, Tusk urged the leaders to keep a unified front.

Tusk, a former prime minister of Poland who now presides over one branch of European Union policy making, went full Zen in his angry description of Trump's effect on Europe.

This move came less than three years after it was signed by his predecessor Barack Obama and the leaders of Iran, China, Russia, the United Kingdom, Germany and France.

Earlier, the United States announced the opening of embassies in Jerusalem.

EU President Donald Tusk said that President Donald Trump behaved much like an enemy than a friend.

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Theresa May will travel to the Bulgarian capital where she will join a working dinner with her fellow European leaders, including European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

"The EU and United States are friends and partners".

Historic deal on Iran's nuclear program from 2015 provides for the removal of sanctions against Iran in exchange for limiting its opportunities for the enrichment and storage of nuclear materials.

At meetings with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Brussels on May 15, Britain, France, Germany vowed to keep the JCPOA alive despite the USA withdrawal.

Convinced that the USA move breaks global trade rules, the European Union has drawn up a list of "rebalancing" duties worth some 2.8 billion euros (US$3.4 billion) to impose on USA products if it is not permanently exempt.

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European Council President Donald Tusk slammed U.S. President Donald Trump for pulling out of the Iran nuclear accord and threatening the EU with tariffs on steel and aluminum in by far the harshest rebuke yet by Brussels of the unpredictable America leader.

The French firm signed a deal with Tehran in July 2017 to develop phase 11 of Iran's South Pars field, marking the first major Western energy investment in the long isolated country since the lifting of sanctions. But at the news conference in Sofia, he was clearly not in any joking mood. "But Europe will have to give more substance to that role with more confidence".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel insisted the pact also helped with concerns about Tehran's role in Middle East conflicts.

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel is calling for an global investigation.

"There is no possibility to have a vision of the EU-US relationship as long as Trump is here", he told this website. The meeting is due on May 25.

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Rouhani said Trump had expected Iran to leave the deal after the USA withdrawal, but Tehran had refused to follow that plan by trying to save the deal with its remaining signatories. "The Iranian nation will resist the USA plots", Iranian news agencies quoted Rohani as saying. And he said that the EU would work to develop ways to shield European companies that continue to do business with Iran from any sanctions or other penalties imposed by Washington.

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