Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif announced that the Islamic Republic will withdraw additional commitments that were upheld under the 2015 nuclear agreement, unless France, Britain and Germany protect Iran from crippling U.S. sanctions. “These stakes are a vehicle for Europe to be able to fulfill their commitments and the commitments made after the departure of the United States (from the agreement), it is obvious that these stakes cannot work with the consent of the United States. These stakes must be understood as European and as European measures, and they must allow themselves the courage to act according to their commitments and not the demands of the United States,” Zarif said.
The Iranian top diplomat further announced that until the necessary measures are taken by Europe, the Islamic Republic will continue to cut commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which is the technical term of the Iranian nuclear deal. He said: “Under the current circumstances and until the necessary measures are taken (by the Europeans), the Republic of Iran will absolutely implement the third step (in cutting commitments).”
No additional details were provided by Minister Zarif, and his office did not immediately respond to TV7’s request for comment.