Iran Urges Europe to Safeguard Nuclear Deal


European participants in the nuclear deal with Iran should provide within 60 days guarantees on the preservation of the agreement. Otherwise, Tehran will have to take “forced decisions,” a top Iranian diplomat said.

“The Europeans have between 45 and 60 days to give the necessary guarantees to safeguard Iranian interests and compensate the damages caused by the US pullout,” Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said as quoted by AFP agency on Sunday.

If the European participants in the deal do not provide the required guarantees within the allotted time, Iran will have to take “forced decisions”.

On May 8, Donald Trump announced the withdrawal from the agreement that Iran, the US, Russia, China, Great Britain, France and Germany had concluded in 2015, and envisaged Tehran’s implementation of a number of steps to limit its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of sanctions. Trump accused Iran of complicity in terrorism and the desire to continue developing nuclear weapons. After the withdrawal from the agreement, the US extended sanctions against Iran.

In Germany, Trump’s decision is called a “super-catastrophe”. The country is one of the most important trade and economic partners of Tehran in the European Union, while the expansion of American sanctions can affect German firms that operate in Iran.

Prior to the election of Trump Washington was known as a reliable ally of the EU. But now the United States seems to be becoming no less problematic for Brussels than Russia under Vladimir Putin. The head of the Liberal faction in the European Parliament, Guy Verhofstadt, said that the new American leader was one of three – along with radical Islam and the Russian president Putin – threats that undermine the EU.

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