EU powers warn Iran over nuclear deal

United Kingdom, Germany and France sharply criticize Iran for further curtailing its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal.

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Major European powers have announced that they will activate the dispute mechanism of Iran’s nuclear pact because of Tehran’s continuing violations of the pact.

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In a joint statement, the United Kingdom, Germany and France sharply criticized Iran for further curtailing its commitments under the 2015 nuclear agreement, also known as the Joint Action Plan (JCPOA), despite repeated calls from the Europeans.

“Therefore, we are left without a solution given Iran’s actions, but to register today our concerns that Iran is not fulfilling its commitments under the JCPOA, we refer this matter to the Joint Commission under the Dispute Settlement Mechanism, as defined in paragraph 36 of the JCPOA,” they said.

All three EU countries have long been reluctant to push for the official dispute mechanism, fearing it could lead to a complete collapse of the historic agreement.

Iran began curtailing its commitments under the nuclear deal in May last year in retaliation for the US’s unilateral withdrawal from the deal between Tehran and 5 permanent members of the UN Security Council, including the EU.

On January 5, Iran announced it was fully withdrawing from the deal in the wake of the assassination in a US air strike by Iranian warlord Qasem Soleimani.

Despite today’s action, European powers reaffirmed their desire to maintain the nuclear deal.

“We do so in good faith with the overarching objective of preserving the JCPOA and with the sincere hope of finding a way to resolve the impasse through constructive diplomatic dialogue,” the three countries said in a joint statement.

The three European powers were also quick to separate their stance from US President Donald Trump’s policy of “maximum pressure” on Tehran.

“Our three countries do not join the campaign to apply maximum pressure against Iran. Our hope is to bring Iran back in full compliance with its commitment under the JCPOA. ”

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