One diplomat against the proposal argued: “It may be that the nuclear agreement is dead in the water anyway, so why risk emboldening the radicals in Iran and undermining our chances to win contracts there?”
A second diplomat stated that it does not seem “very likely” that new sanctions would be agreed by Mr Trump’s deadline of May 12 to alter the agreement before he pulls out of it.
Another diplomat from the bitter bloc who opposed the idea put forward by the “E3” nations, emphasised they “don’t want to destroy the Iran deal”.
Italy, backed by Austria, expressed concern for the new sanctions and could hinder the EU from making a decision before the vital deadline.
The move from Europe needs unanimity for new sanctions to be placed on Tehran.
The EU’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said EU nations have “no consensus” about whether the suggested sanctions would be “useful” or “appropriate” at the current point in time.
Donald Trump has consistently attacked the Iran nuclear pact as the “worst deal ever” and has demanded changes to the agreement.
The Republican firebrand said Tehran’s abiding of the pact should be monitored more closely.
Back in January Donald Trump issued his ultimatum to Europe and Congress that they had to work with him to fix the JCPOA’s “disastrous flaws” or the US would pull out of the agreement.
In a statement he put pressure on the proponents of the 2015 agreement.
He added: “Despite my strong inclination, I have not yet withdrawn the United States from the Iran nuclear deal.
“Instead, I have outlined two possible paths forward: either fix the deal’s disastrous flaws, or the United States will withdraw.”
Mr Trump has made efforts for a different agreement to be made that addresses his concerns with the JCPOA.
He went on: “This is a last chance.
“In the absence of such an agreement, the United States will not again waive sanctions in order to stay in the Iran nuclear deal.
“And if at any time I judge that such an agreement is not within reach, I will withdraw from the deal immediately.”