UK, France, Germany urge US against reimposing sanctions on Iran

TEHRAN, Oct. 13 (MNA) – Following President Trump’s statement on the US’ Iran Strategy, PM Theresa May, Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Emmanuel Macron in a joint statement voiced commitment to full implementation of the JCPOA by all sides.

Following US President Trump's  statement on Washington's Iran Strategy on Friday, leaders of France, Germany and United Kingdom released the following joint statement

"We, the Leaders of France, Germany and the United Kingdom take note of President Trump’s decision not to recertify Iran’s compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action to Congress and are concerned by the possible implications."

"We stand committed to the JCPoA and its full implementation by all sides. Preserving the JCPoA is in our shared national security interest. The nuclear deal was the culmination of 13 years of diplomacy and was a major step towards ensuring that Iran’s nuclear programme is not diverted for military purposes. The JCPoA was unanimously endorsed by the UN Security Council in Resolution 2231. The International Atomic Energy Agency has repeatedly confirmed Iran’s compliance with the JCPoA through its long-term verification and monitoring programme. Therefore, we encourage the US Administration and Congress to consider the implications to the security of the US and its allies before taking any steps that might undermine the JCPoA, such as re-imposing sanctions on Iran lifted under the agreement."

The statement goes on to address concerns over Iran's missile program and regional activities, and calls on Iran to "engage in constructive dialogue" and "work towards negotiated solutions."

"Our governments are committed to ensuring the JCPoA is maintained. Independent of the JCPOA, we need to make sure that our collective wider concerns are being addressed," the statement adds. 

"We have asked our Foreign Ministers to consider with the US how to take these issues forward," concludes the statement.

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