Last Sunday, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a joint statement that they remained committed to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and urged Tehran to cancel all measures that go against the Iran nuclear deal.
France, Great Britain and Germany have confirmed that they launched the Iran nuclear deal dispute mechanism, a joint statement says.
They also said they were not joining a campaign to pressure Iran, but hoped to bring Tehran back to full compliance with the commitments under the nuclear deal.
The aim of the dispute mechanism is not to re-impose sanctions, EU’s foreign minister Josep Borrell said, as quoted by Reuters. He added that there is no alternative to the Iran nuclear deal.
Meanwhile, a source in the Russian Foreign Ministry said that Moscow considers “unacceptable” that the UK, France and Germany have activated the Iran nuclear deal dispute mechanism.
Last week, the Elysee Palace’s press office said that Paris, London and Berlin stayed “committed to JCPOA and its preservation” and “called on Iran to cancel all measures incompatible with the agreement.”
A view of the water nuclear reactor at Arak, Iran December 23, 2019.
Macron, Merkel and Johnson have been trying to save the JCPOA, which restricted Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief after the US withdrew from it in May 2018 and Tehran gradually rolled back its commitments.
The JCPOA was signed in 2015 by Iran, China, France, Germany, Russia, the UK, the US, Germany, and the European Union. Under the deal, Tehran was obliged to scale back its nuclear program and downgrade its uranium reserves in return for sanctions relief.
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