TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) -Europeans are fairly “unified in their opposition to the US position” on the Iran nuclear deal and President Donald Trump's decision not to certify the historic accord will create "friction" between Washington and its allies in Europe, says a US state senator.
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is “not an agreement between the United States and Iran only, but it involves various European nations… and it also involves China and Russia,” Richard Black said on Saturday.
“This announcement today is going to cause a great deal of friction between the United States and its European allies,” he added.
Sen. Black was referring to Trump's announcement on Friday that he would not continue certifying the Iran deal, which he has done twice in the past. Trump also threatened that he might ultimately terminate the accord.
Following Trump’s announcement, the leaders of Britain, France and Germany issued a joint statement, expressing concern over “the possible implications" of the US president's decision.
British Prime Minister Theresa May, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said they "stand committed to its full implementation by all sides."
"The nuclear deal was the culmination of 13 years of diplomacy and was a major step towards ensuring that Iran's nuclear program is not diverted for military purposes," said the statement released by May's Downing Street office.