The foreign ministers of France, Germany and the UK (E3) and EU High Representative Josep Borrell met to discuss Iran. According to a German readout, the E3 agreed to “reject the U.S. snapback attempt and remain committed to preserving the nuclear agreement”, while asserting: “Iran urgently needs to return to full compliance”. The UK foreign minister underscored that “Iran must never develop a nuclear weapon. It must comply with its nuclear commitments and preserve the JCPOA – that was the conclusion of the E3… We are committed to holding Iran to account”. The same day, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif argued that “Iran rejects nuclear weapons for religious and strategic reasons—far weightier than any ‘deal’. But if E3/EU want full implementation of confidence building measures and enhanced transparency that JCPOA provides, they should reject U.S. economic terrorism just as they’ve rejected its vandalism in the UN Security Council”.
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