This month, the European Union imposed its first sanctions on Iran since the nuclear deal in response to the conspiracies and missile tests. The bloc also added two Iranian individuals and one Iranian intelligence section to its terrorist list.
In Bucharest, Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders said on Thursday that "It is important that we show our American colleagues that we are doing the same thing on a number of issues, such as ballistic missiles and Iran's activities in the region. "
When asked about the new bartering company, Mr. Reynders said," At the end of the day, companies decide whether to decide or not to work in Iran, taking into account the threat of American sanctions. "
But the financial mechanism could make it easier for smaller companies with no exposure in the United States to trade with Iran and could promote trade in medicines and foods that are not subject to sanctions. European diplomats say that initially, the focus will be on goods allowed by Washington to avoid an early confrontation.
In an e-mail reply, Douglison, a sanction expert at law firm Linklaters, said that "there are two important open and interdependent questions: whether such a process attracts users and thus has the potential to be effective, and whether the US will take steps. "
Washington's reaction will be critical, Davison said. So far, "this government has clearly shown that it takes the economic sanctions it has imposed on Iran very seriously and is prepared to support its policy through measures, including the sanctioning of non-compliant non-US parties."
He added, "US officials said the parties would do business with either Iran or the US, but not both."