Iran said Thursday three European states had succumbed to “high school bully” Trump when they triggered a conflict mechanism in a nuclear agreement the U.S. president opposes, a step that could ultimately result in reimposing the U.N. sanctions.
The accord, known as the JCPoA, was signed in 2015 between Tehran and world powers, offering Iran relief from sanctions if it restricted its nuclear work.
Trump pulled out from the pact two years ago and reimposed U.S. sanctions, telling Tehran he wanted a more stringent pact on nuclear and other points.
Iran has answered to the U.S. sanctions by scaling back its ascent with the deal, ending with a declaration this month that it could reject all limits on the production of enriched uranium. However, it says it desires to keep the accord in place.
Britain, Germany, and France triggered the deal’s dispute mechanism this week. London stated it was now time for a “Trump agreement” to replace it, while Paris stated broad discussions were needed.
The Washington Post reported Wednesday that Trump’s administration had threatened to levy a 25% tariff on European car imports if Britain, France, and Germany did not formally accuse Iran of breaking the nuclear pact.
Two European officials confirmed Washington had threatened tariffs; however, they stated leaders of the three European states had already determined to trigger the mechanism before that.
A third diplomat stated such U.S. ways only undermined the Europeans, who’re trying to exert independently.