Great Britain, Germany, and France, co-signatories at the time with Russia, China, and the United States of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) with Iran are against the lifting of the embargo against the sale of weapons in Tehran imposed by the UN. A note from the foreign ministers of the three European countries and relaunched by the EU Foreign Office affirms. Ministers say the withdrawal “could have serious consequences for regional stability.”
“We firmly believe that any unilateral attempt to trigger UN sanctions snapback would have serious adverse consequences in the UN Security Council,” the three foreign ministers said in a joint statement after meeting in Berlin to discuss Iran.“We would not support such a decision, which would be incompatible with our current efforts to preserve the JCPoA.Britain, France, Germany alsodenounced Iran’s denial of access to UN inspectors risks seriously undermining the global safeguards system if no progress is made.
The JCPOA, better known as Iran nuclear deal is an agreement on the Iranian nuclear program reached in Vienna on July 14, 2015, between Iran and the P5+1, the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council—China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, United States—plus Germany, together with the European Union.Formal negotiations toward JCPoA began with the adoption of the Joint Plan of Action, an interim agreement signed between Iran and the P5+1 country in November 2013.
Under the deal, world powers accept limits to its nuclear program in return for the lifting of sanctions, a UN weapons embargo is due to expire in October. The United States, which exited the deal in 2018, says it wants to extend the embargo. Such a move would be likely to kill the nuclear accord.Europeans are working to reach a compromise, but it is unclear whether they will able to satisfy the United States as well as Russia and China.
“We believe that the planned lifting of the U.N. conventional arms embargo… would have major implications for regional security and stability,” the E3 said, adding it was working in coordination with China and Russia on the issue.
Speaking to journalists on Friday in a teleconference call, the US special envoy to Iran, Brian Hook, declined to comment on a potential compromise.“Nobody can argue that Iran’s behaviour since 2015 merits a lifting of the arms embargo,” he said.The E3 ministers said they hoped to hold a ministerial meeting with Iran to discuss its violations of the nuclear deal and assess a mechanism they had launched in January aimed at resolving differences within its framework.
“We remain committed to the JCPoA and, in order to preserve it, urge Iran to reverse all measures inconsistent with the agreement and return to full compliance without delay,” they added.
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