France, Germany, UK pull diplomatic trigger on Iran deal dispute

  • France, Germany, UK pull diplomatic trigger on Iran deal dispute

France, Germany, UK pull diplomatic trigger on Iran deal dispute

The European trio, comprised of France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, invoked a dispute mechanism under the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which hangs in the balance following the US' withdrawal from it and Tehran's retaliatory measures.

But in 2018, Trump pulled out of the deal. "My point to our American friends is, look, somehow or other you've got to stop the Iranians acquiring a nuclear weapon", Johnson said.

The three European powers noted that the decision does not mean they are joining in US President Donald Trump's "maximum pressure" campaign against Iran - leaving a door open for diplomacy.

The dispute will now be put to a Joint Commission comprising Iran, Russia, China, the three European powers, and the European Union and then on to the United Nations Security Council if that commission can not resolve it.

The issue can then be passed to ministerial level within 15 days or left indefinitely at this level.

Very soon after that process, the EU states could inform the United Nations that Iran is in breach of the agreement, leading to a reimposition of European sanctions.

"Our intention is not to restore sanctions, but to resolve our differences through the very mechanism that was created in the deal", a second diplomat said.

Iran announced, following the death of Gen. Qasem Soleimani in a USA airstrike in Baghdad, that it would no longer comply with any commitments under the 2015 deal signed with several world powers.

The United States killed Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force and architect of Iran's spreading military influence in the Middle East, in an air strike on Friday (3 December) at Baghdad airport, the Pentagon and Iran ...

On 8 January Iran accidentally shot down a Ukrainian airliner while its forces were on high alert following strikes on U.S. targets.

"If we're going to get rid of it, let's replace it and let's replace it with the Trump deal", Johnson said of the 2015 nuclear arms control deal with Tehran.

Tensions had been rising between the US and Iran since May 2018, when Trump unilaterally withdrew from the landmark deal.

"Let's dial this thing down", he said in an interview with the BBC.