Germany, France, and the United Kingdom have called on Iran to uphold the landmark 2015 deal that limits the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program, Deutsche Welle reported.
Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Boris Johnson released a joint statement late Sunday, saying it was “essential that Iran return to full compliance with its commitments under the agreement.”
The accord, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was a deal struck between Iran and the five permanent UN Security Council members – the United States, Russia, China, France, and the UK – as well as Germany and the European Union.
Just last week, Iran said it would no longer abide by the deal’s limits. Tehran announced on January 5 that it would continue its nuclear program “without limitation” following the US assassination of Qassem Soleimani, the powerful major general in charge of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force.
The treaty has come under increasing strain ever since President Donald Trump announced the U.S. withdrawal from the deal in May 2018. This prompted the European Union to enact an updated blocking statute in an attempt at nullifying renewed U.S. sanctions, DW adds.
The statement from Merkel, Macron, and Johnson continued: “We have expressed our deep concern at the actions taken by Iran in violation of its commitments since July 2019. These actions must be reversed.”
“We must address – through diplomacy and in a meaningful way — shared concerns about Iran’s destabilizing regional activities, including those linked to its missile program,” they said. “We reiterate our readiness to continue our engagement for de-escalation and stability in the region.”
The leaders also reaffirmed their opposition to the U..S decision to pull out of the 2015 deal, which Trump last week described as “very defective.” Trump said he would like to broker a new deal with fresh terms, DW notes.