Iran accuses European partners of "strategic mistakes"

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Sarif has criticized the European partners in the nuclear deal. At a meeting in Neu-Dehli with State Secretary at the Federal Foreign Office, Niels Annen, Sarif described the activation of the dispute settlement mechanism by Germany, France and Great Britain as a "strategic mistake", reported the Iranian state news agency IRNA. The Europeans should rather fulfill their obligations under the Vienna nuclear agreement than take punitive action, said Sarif at the meeting.

According to the Federal Foreign Office, Annen was in the Indian capital to take part in the Raisina Dialog, a conference on security policy issues. The ministry said nothing about the meeting with Sarif. According to Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD), the activation of the arbitration mechanism could no longer be left unanswered about the increasing breaches of contract by the Islamic Republic. The central goal remains "that Iran never develops nuclear weapons". A negotiation process was initiated within a commission, overseen by EU foreign policy officer Josep Borrell.

The background to the arbitration is that Iran has gradually moved away from contractual requirements – in response to the unilateral termination by the United States. President Donald Trump wants the other parties to the contract to terminate the 2015 deal and, like America, to impose severe sanctions – in addition to the three EU countries, China and Russia. The nuclear deal is to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. In return, the lifting of economic sanctions had been promised.
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