European Union continue to be united on keeping sanctions against Russia - Mogherini

EU chief Mogherini faces headwinds in first visit to Trump's Washington

She also met on Thursday with Michael Flynn, Trump's national security advisor, a White House official said.

She's also pressing the Trump administration not to walk away from the nuclear deal with Iran, which she oversees.

That is a departure from the usual hand-in-hand approach to world problems voiced by USA and European diplomats, and reflects caution and some standoffishness on both sides.

"I was reassured by what I heard in the meetings on the intention to stick to the full implementation of the agreement", Mogherini told reporters a day after talks at the White House and State Department.

"I think that the Europeans will stay united on this issue [keeping sanctions against Russia]", the European diplomat said.

Acrimony between the European establishment and Mr. Trump mounted for months around his accusations that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is "obsolete", his openness to working with Russian President Vladimir Putin, his criticism of the Iranian nuclear deal, his skepticism about an U.S. -EU free trade deal and his outspoken admiration for anti-EU nationalist politicians such as Britain's Nigel Farage.

Trump has disparaged the agreement curbing Iran's nuclear program as the flawed work of amateurs, but the administration has signaled that it will focus on strict enforcement of Iran's obligations rather than an effort to destroy it.

The two-day trip was Mogherini's first visit to the United States capital since Donald Trump became president three weeks ago.

"The deal is working" and needs to remain intact, Mogherini said.

"That has to be taken into consideration", she stressed.

"The European Union and its member states continue and will continue, as the nuclear deal is implemented, to have open channels with Iran", she said.

Berlin is using a "grossly undervalued" euro to "exploit" the USA and its European Union partners, Mr. Navarro said, describing the euro as an "implicit deutsche mark" whose low valuation gives German exporters an advantage over their American rivals. For us, it is an instrument to put pressure and achieve the result.

But she made clear that the European Union would not isolate Tehran.

"I had in a previous career a diplomatic post where I helped bring down the Soviet Union".

Top parties in the European Parliament have said that the E.U. should declare him persona non grata if he is nominated to the post. The EU-US relationship may be changing, she said, but the 28-member bloc remains committed to policies on issues such as Middle East peace, refugees and Russian Federation, even as they diverge from US positions.

"Europe has its destiny in its own hands", she said.

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