Germany, UK to discuss European trio format on Iran

TEHRAN, Jul. 22 (MNA) – German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas informed of his intention to discuss the European trio format on Iran with UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab at their upcoming talks.

"Wednesday's negotiations with Dominic Raab will focus on international matters on which we cooperate closely with the United Kingdom, such as the European trio format on Iran, relations with China, and how we should deal with Russia's influence in Europe", the Sputnik quoted Maas as saying before leaving for Greece, where he will travel ahead of the talks in the UK.

Germany-UK talks will be held while the European’s wrong policies regarding Iran’s nuclear deal (JCPOA) may lead to the destruction of the historic pact.

Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei has warned France, Germany, and the UK against extending the UN arms embargo on Iran, signaling that doing so could spell the end of the Iran nuclear deal.

"According to UN Security Council Resolution 2231, the import or export of weapons to the Islamic Republic is subject to obtaining prior permission for a period of 5 years. This restriction should automatically end in October," Rabiei said.

He called on the E3 to stop the policy of appeasing the US, which put the JCPOA and international peace "in danger".

Under the JCPOA, the UN must lift its arms embargo on Iran five years after the implementation of the nuclear deal. Despite its withdrawal from the JCPOA, the US is pushing for the extension of the arms embargo on Iran, which is scheduled to expire on October 18.

The US has also drafted a resolution calling for the extension of the arms embargo and has circulated it in the UNSC even as some permanent members of the council with veto power, like Russia and China, have strongly opposed extending the arms embargo. The council has yet to vote on the US resolution. 

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