With the deadline President Trump's ultimatum to "fix" the Iran nuclear deal rapidly approaching, European Union parties to the deal Britain, France, and Germany are proposing new sanctions against Iran.
Since the nuclear deal entered into force, the committee holds a meeting every three months to discuss the course of implementation, and this was the last meeting before May 12, when US President will announce whether he would ratify the agreement.
Under the JCPOA, Iran halted some of its peaceful nuclear activities in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related global sanctions. The US sanctions will resume unless Trump issues new "waivers" to delay them on May 12.
It also reflects frustration with Tehran. "And it doesn't feel to me that they are", he said. Diplomats familiar with the issue told Reuters that the European powers held several rounds of talks with the U.S. on the issue this week.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif struck a defiant note towards Washington yesterday.
On Friday, chief nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi refused to make statements to the media after the meeting ended, but the official IRNA news agency quoted a source accompanying Araqchi as saying that he would "return to Palais Coburg Hotel for further consultations, including a possible meeting with the USA delegation".
Pompeo may moderate some of his criticisms of the nuclear deal if he becomes secretary.
When asked by the host if "you think the president's going to pull out of that Iran deal on May 12th?" he responded "I do".
"In case some European countries are following steps to put non-nuclear sanctions against Iran in order to please the American president, they will be making a big mistake and they will see the direct result of that on the nuclear deal", Abbas Araqchi said, according to state media.
Tillerson and his erstwhile cabinet ally Defense Secretary Jim Mattis had urged Trump to listen to the Europeans to preserve the agreement.
"We are taking things one week at a time, we are having very good discussions in London, Paris and Berlin", Hook, recently ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's chief of strategy, told reporters.
The document referred to sanctions that would "target militias and commanders".
According to Reuters, the list of sanctions could potentially include travel bans and asset freezes on individuals, as well as a ban on doing business or financing public and private companies.
And some worry that Pompeo's confirmation makes it more likely the United States will pull out of the Iran nuclear deal, and subsequently jeopardize any diplomatic efforts with Pyongyang.
"Such a proliferation of Iranian missile capabilities throughout the region is an additional and serious source of concern", the document said.
Other parties to the nuclear agreement, namely Russia, China, Britain, Germany and France, have all criticized Trump's views on the deal, saying the agreement is sound and has proven to be functioning.
The deal that was negotiated by the Obama administration and six other countries limits Iran's enrichment and stockpiling of material that could be applied to a nuclear weapons program. He wanted the deal to be stricter on Iran's nuclear programme and also address non-nuclear issues, like Iran's ballistic missiles, support for terrorism, and regional aggression.