TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - During a phone call, the two European officials stressed that Europe lives up to its obligations under the nuclear deal, adding Iran should benefit complete economic advantages resulted from the deal since it has completely abided by the agreement.
They stressed that Europe would continue to abide by its obligations under the deal as long as Iran does the same.
On October 6, a European official said the European Union (EU) will not follow the United States if Washington decides to trample on its obligations under a multilateral nuclear deal with Iran.
The administration of US President Donald Trump has long despised the deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Trump has previously threatened to “rip up” the deal, has called it “the worst deal ever,” and, most recently, called it an “embarrassment” to the US.
Since taking office a year after the deal took effect, Trump has twice certified Iranian compliance to the Congress under an American law, but those certifications were offered only half-heartedly, and all indications are that a third one — due shortly — may not be forthcoming. Administration officials have said Trump is expected to “decertify” the deal soon.
In case Trump refuses to certify Iranian compliance, Congress will have 60 days to decide whether to restore the sanctions against Iran that the US has agreed to waive under the JCPOA. The re-imposition of nuclear-related sanctions would be a major breach of the deal by the US.
If that happens, the EU will not follow suit and will not be breaching the JCPOA, The Washington Post last Thursday cited a European official as saying, without naming him.
“We will not follow the United States in reneging on our international obligations with this deal,” said the official. “Not the E-3, nor the rest of the 28” members of the EU, he added, referring to France, the United Kingdom, and Germany, the three European parties to the deal with Iran.