Europeans Chide US Sanction Moves 05/30 09:14
BERLIN (AP) -- The western European parties to the landmark nuclear deal
with Iran on Saturday criticized a U.S. decision to end nearly all of the last
vestiges of sanctions relief provided under the 2015 pact.
The U.S. unilaterally withdrew from the deal with Iran in 2018, leaving the
others involved France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia struggling
to keep it alive.
The deal promises Iran economic incentives in return for curbs on its
nuclear program. The deal was meant to prevent Iran from developing a bomb,
even though Iran said it did not want to do that.
With the re-imposition of American sanctions, however, Iran's economy has
been struggling, and it has been violating the restrictions of the pact in
order to try to pressure the other nations to do more to help it economically.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo raised the stakes on Wednesday, saying
he would revoke all but one of the sanctions waivers covering civil nuclear
cooperation. The waivers had allowed Russian, European and Chinese companies to
continue to work on Iran's civilian nuclear facilities without drawing American
In a joint statement, the foreign ministries of Germany, France and Britain
said they "deeply regret the U.S. decision."
"These projects, endorsed by U.N. Security Council resolution 2231, serve
the nonproliferation interests of all and provide the international community
with assurances of the exclusively peaceful and safe nature of Iranian nuclear
activities," they said.
"We are consulting with our partners to assess the consequences of this
decision by the United States."