Published: Fri, April 20, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

European MPs warn United States over scrapping Iran nuclear deal

European MPs warn United States over scrapping Iran nuclear deal

In 2015, Iran signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), with the United States and other five world powers; Russia, China, Germany, France and the United Kingdom.

Trump has demanded the nuclear deal be altered to eliminate sunset clauses for some of the restrictions it places on Iran, and harden the inspection rules and to limit development of Iran's long-range missiles.

The Iranian FM said the United States government has failed to stay true to its commitments and said it was up to the European signatories of the deal to preserve it and force Washington into keeping up its obligations, PressTV reported.

Thirteen years of negotiations with Iran allowed the worldwide community "to impose unprecedented scrutiny on the Iranian nuclear program, dismantle most of their nuclear enrichment facilities, and drastically diminish the danger of a nuclear arms race", they said in the letter published in major newspapers on Thursday and Friday. Not a drop of blood was spilt.

The letter also identified risks for the long-term. Both Macron and Merkel intend to hold urgent consultations with Trump, who has threatened to proceed with a of the treaty as early as May in an attempt to renegotiate its content.

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The European MPs said that although they "share the concerns expressed by many vis-à-vis this Iranian behavior, we are deeply convinced that these issues must be treated separately" outside of the nuclear accord.

Iran warned the United States on Thursday of "unpleasant" consequences if Washington pulls out of a multinational nuclear deal, Iranian state TV reported.

"Iran has a wide range of options both inside and outside of the JCPOA and surely, the reaction from Iran and the global community will be unpleasant for the Americans", Zarif told reporters upon arrival in New York City to attend a United Nations General Assembly meeting over sustaining peace.

When Trump waived sanctions against Iran in January he warned European allies that it will be the last time unless they agree to make radical changes.

Britain, France and Germany have been engaged in "intensive talks" with Washington to maintain support for the Iran nuclear deal beyond the May 12 deadline, but nothing has yet to be agreed.

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