The leaders of France, Germany and the United Kingdom issued a joint assertion on Sunday, urging Iran to “return to full compliance with its commitments” beneath the 2015 nuclear settlement.
“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,” learn the assertion by the leaders of the three European signatories of the deal.
The assertion comes after Tehran mentioned it could additional reduce its commitments beneath the nuclear deal, also referred to as the JCPOA, after the U.S. killing of Iranian common Qassem Soleimani earlier this month. Tensions between Tehran and the West have been additional heightened since then by Iran’s launch of missiles towards Iraqi airbases housing U.S. troops, and the downing of a Ukrainian airplane, which Iran says was unintended.
Washington’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal in 2018 is extensively seen as the start line in a collection of occasions that led to the present hostilities. U.S. President Donald Trump and his administration have argued that the nuclear deal, beneath which Iran agreed to curtail its nuclear program in trade for sanctions aid, merely gave the Iranian regime added financing and political respiratory house to proceed a coverage of army meddling all through the Middle East.
The assertion Sunday from France’s Emmanuel Macron, Britain’s Boris Johnson and Germany’s Angela Merkel reiterated their “regret” that Trump had pulled the U.S. out of the nuclear deal. It additionally mentioned that “recent events have highlighted Iran’s destabilising role in the region,” however known as for de-escalation over elevated violence.
“We must address — through diplomacy and in a meaningful way — shared concerns about Iran’s destabilizing regional activities, including those linked to its missile programme,” the assertion mentioned.
“We reiterate our readiness to continue our engagement for de-escalation and stability in the region.”
They added: “Today, our message is clear: we remain committed to the JCPoA and to preserving it; we urge Iran to reverse all measures inconsistent with the agreement and return to full compliance; we call on Iran to refrain from further violent action or proliferation; and we remain ready to engage with Iran on this agenda in order to preserve the stability of the region.”