The European Council announced its decision “to maintain the restrictive measures under the EU non-proliferation regime on Iran” due to expire as part of “Transition Day”, adding: “The Council’s decision is in line with the provisions of the UN Security Council Resolution 2231 and the JCPOA, in view of Iran not fulfilling its commitments under the JCPOA”. The statement highlighted that “these steps do not amount to the imposition of additional EU sanctions on Iran. Moreover, all EU sanctions that had already been lifted under the JCPOA remain lifted”. Iran’s diplomatic spokesperson condemned the move as “unilateral, illegal and politically unjustifiable”.
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