Berlin, London, Paris Voice Concern About Risk of JCPOA's Collapse
19:26 14.07.2019(updated 19:29 14.07.2019)
BERLIN (Sputnik) - Berlin, Paris, London worry that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) may come apart due to the US sanctions against Tehran and Iran's decision to partially discontinue its commitments under the deal, a joint statement by the governments and head of states of Germany, France and the United Kingdom says.
The document also says that Germany, France and the United Kingdom are extremely worried about Iran's decision to exceed the volumes of enriched uranium and to store it in excess of acceptable standards.
According to the statement, the three states are deeply concerned about the attacks in the Persian Gulf and in other places, as well as about the deterioration of the security situation in the region.
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal, was signed in July of 2015 between Iran, the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - Russia, France, China, UK, US plus Germany, and the European Union. Under the deal, Tehran agreed to eliminate its medium-enriched uranium stockpile, cut its stockpile of low-enriched uranium by 98%, and also reduce the number of its gas centrifuges. Apart from this, Iran promised not to build any new heavy-water facilities.
In May 2018 US President Donald Trump announced that his country was withdrawing from the deal, calling it 'defective to its core'. Although the European members of the deal warned Mr Trump against reimposing sanctions against Iran, the US president announced that economic sanctions that were waived since 2015 would come into effect again.
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