Britain, France and Germany on Saturday strongly condemned the US decision to end the waiver of sanctions on companies from countries that remain in a nuclear deal with Iran.
The refusals were part of an important agreement signed with Tehran in 2015 that seeks to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions in exchange for lifting crippling economic sanctions.
They have allowed European, Chinese and Russian companies to work on converting the heavy water reactor in Arak, a major industrial city in western Iran.
“We deeply regret the US decision to suspend the three denials covering key nuclear projects under the Iran agreement,” the joint statement said.
“These projects, approved by US Security Council Resolution 2231, serve the interests of non-proliferation and provide guarantees to the international community for the extremely peaceful and safe nature of Iran’s nuclear activities.”
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the decision to end the waiver of sanctions earlier this week.
The nuclear deal with Iran was signed by the United States, Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia.
However, the United States withdrew in 2018, and the latest decision to withdraw, following further sanctions, increases the likelihood that the agreement will fall apart.
Russia is also attacking Pompeo’s decision, with Moscow commenting that US foreign policy is becoming “more dangerous and unpredictable”.