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Iran nuclear deal: UK, France and Germany express regret and concern on US exit, vow to uphold JCPoA

The three close US allies argued that Iran has been abiding by the restrictions set out by the JCPoA, in line with its obligations under the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.

Reported by: India TV News Desk, London [ Updated: May 09, 2018 6:52 IST ]
This file photo taken on May 25, 2017 shows French

This file photo taken on May 25, 2017 shows French President Emmanuel Macron (2nd L) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) speaking as US President Donald Trump (front L) arrives for a family picture during the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) summit at the NATO headquarters, in Brussels.

The United Kingdom, France and Germany have expressed regret and concern over United States President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action (JCPoA) or Iran nuclear deal, jointly negotiated by global world powers in 2015. 

In a joint statement issued shortly after Trump's decision, UK Prime Minister Theresa May, German Chancellor Merkel and French President Macron said that it is with regret and concern that we, the Leaders of France, Germany and the United Kingdom take note of President Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the deal.

"Together, we emphasise our continuing commitment to the JCPoA. This agreement remains important for our shared security. We recall that the JCPoA was unanimously endorsed by the UN Security Council in resolution 2231. This resolution remains the binding international legal framework for the resolution of the dispute about the Iranian nuclear programme. We urge all sides to remain committed to its full implementation and to act in a spirit of responsibility," the statement said.

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The three close US allies argued that Iran has been abiding by the restrictions set out by the JCPoA, in line with its obligations under the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. 

"The world is a safer place as a result. Therefore we, the E3, will remain parties to the JCPoA. Our governments remain committed to ensuring the agreement is upheld, and will work with all the remaining parties to the deal to ensure this remains the case including through ensuring the continuing economic benefits to the Iranian people that are linked to the agreement," the three global powers announced. 

We urge the US to ensure that the structures of the JCPoA can remain intact, and to avoid taking action which obstructs its full implementation by all other parties to the deal, they said. 

The three European leaders urged Iran to show restraint in response to the decision by the US and continue to meet its own obligations under the deal, cooperating fully and in a timely manner with IAEA inspection requirements. 

They opined that the IAEA must be able to continue to carry out its long-term verification and monitoring programme without restriction or hindrance. In turn, Iran should continue to receive the sanctions relief it is entitled to whilst it remains in compliance with the terms of the deal.

The United States President Trump on Tuesday pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal by terming it 'horribly one-sided'. Trump further announced that he will reimpose economic sanctions on Iran, leaving the deal in-effective.

Read more: Iran rejects Donald Trump’s demand for changing 2015 nuclear deal

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