The UK, France and Germany announced that “we have… been left with no choice, given Iran’s actions, but to register today our concerns that Iran is not meeting its commitments under the JCPOA and to refer this matter to the Joint Commission under the Dispute Resolution Mechanism, as set out in paragraph 36 of the JCPOA”. “We do this in good faith with the overarching objective of preserving the JCPOA and in the sincere hope of finding a way forward”, the E3 statement added, further maintaining that “our three countries are not joining a campaign to implement maximum pressure against Iran”. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif characterised the E3’s action as “baseless from a legal point of view and a strategic mistake from political point of view”, while President Rouhani cautioned the Europeans that “if you take the wrong step, it will be to your detriment. Choose the right path, which is returning to the JCPOA”. U.S. Treasury Secretary Munuchin indicated that “we look forward to working with them [ie, the E3] quickly and would expect that the UN sanctions will snap back into place”. Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu asserted that “we know exactly what is happening with the Iranian nuclear program. Iran thinks it can achieve nuclear weapons. I reiterate: Israel will not allow Iran to achieve nuclear weapons”. Netanyahu went on to “call on all Western countries to impose snapback sanctions at the UN now”.
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