The leaders of Germany, France and Britain on Sunday urged Iran to drop measures that go against the 2015 nuclear deal, after Tehran announced it might not abide by a limit on enrichment.
“We turn Iran to withdraw all measures that aren’t in line with the nuclear agreement,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and British PM Boris Johnson said during a joint statement.
The 2015 agreement negotiated between Iran and therefore the UN Security Council permanent members — Britain, France, China, Russia and therefore the us — plus Germany offered Tehran relief from stinging sanctions reciprocally for curbs to stop it acquiring nuclear weapons.
But US President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the deal last year had largely left it in tatters, with Iran successively progressively dropping key commitments within the accord.
With tensions rising following the US drone strike at Baghdad airport that killed Iranian general Qasem Soleimani and top Iraqi military figure Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the ecu leaders also urged Iran to refrain from taking “further violent actions or support for them.”
“It is crucial now to de-escalate. We turn all the players involved to point out utmost restraint and responsibility.”
The European leaders also pleaded with the parties to not jeopardise a battle against IS jihadists, after the Iraqi parliament passed a resolution demanding that thousands folks troops be ousted.
“Preserving the (anti-IS) coalition is of great importance during this context. We turn the Iraqi authorities to still provide the coalition with the required support,” they said.
The US soldiers stationed across Iraqi bases are deployed as a part of the broader international coalition, invited by the Iraqi government in 2014 to assist fight IS.
The joint statement issued by the three leaders came hours after they spoke on the phone.
Earlier Sunday, a German government spokesman said the three leaders agreed to cooperate towards reducing tensions within the region.