EU leaders to discuss Iran economic options on Wednesday - official

Last week, the US pulled out of the 2015 landmark deal agreed between Iran and world powers.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R) and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini hold a press conference at the E3/EU 3 and Iran talks at the International Atomic Energy Agency headquarters in Vienna on 16 January 2016. Picture: AFP.

BRUSSELS - European Union leaders will discuss on Wednesday shielding European companies doing business with Iran from US sanctions, a senior official said as the bloc is in damage control mode following Washington’s withdrawal from a nuclear deal with Tehran.

The senior EU official said the heads of bloc’s executive European Commission and the foreign service, Jean-Claude Juncker and Federica Mogherini, will brief all 28 EU leaders on options available when they meet over dinner in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, on Wednesday evening.