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UK, France, and Germany join-hand to agree to reject US demand for UN snapback sanctions on Iran

UK, France and Germany

Foreign ministers from the United Kingdom, France, and Germany which is popularly known as Europe’s big three- the E3’s – join-hand together agreeing to maintain a strong united resistance against US demands for snapback of all the UN sanctions on Iran Thursday, September 10. Despite the United States’ intensified pressure, they were said to keep to their standpoint.

In August, when the United States said that it wished to reimpose the snapback sanctions on Iran  received almost no support at all and was left isolated at the UN security council, by winning just one other vote for its proposed resolution (from the Dominican Republic), while Russia and China voted against and 11 other nations abstained.

With the European nations that involve multiple groups known as E3, it was argued that the US wasn’t a participant anymore in the deal and so was unable to act unilaterally. In 2018, the United States left the said E3 group and had claimed that as an original nuclear deal member it had the power to bring the sanctions back. 

In the joint statements of the foreign ministers of the three countries,  stated that the United States broke off to be a participant in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)  following their withdrawal from the deal. Therefore they cannot support this action which is incompatible with their current efforts supporting the JCPO.

European’s refusal to approve described by the United States as bonkers and procurers to terrorists. A further showdown of the said issue is expected to be tackled this month at the UN security council.

Russia and China also released statements about the said issue saying that they don’t recognize the United States’ authority to snapback U.N. sanctions on Iran. According to UN Ambassador Vassiky Nebenzia, the United States wasn’t triggering a snapback. Snapback could be triggered by a country that is a participant of the said JCPOA  which the United States is not since it’s no longer a member since 2018.

The Chinese mission addressed to the UN rejected the move completely. The United States demand hadn’t any common sense and had no legal ground. All of the United States’ actions were nothing but a political show. It does not receive any support from the Security Council members and has not any acknowledgement from the international community.

Moreover, Iran also said that the United States hadn’t any legal right to push through the snapback after leaving the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in May 2018.

The United States also wanted that E3 would vote at the UN security council against the automatic lifting of an embargo on the export of conventional weapons to Iran. Beginning in October, it will be gradually lifted as things that stand. The E3 wanted that the United States would negotiate a compromise on the limits of the ban but the United States hadn’t shown any interest in doing so.

Besides, the E3 also believed that if the United States would keep to its policy that it aimed to have a full arms ban, any act pushing to the extent of the embargo would still fall as both Russia and Germany would be using their veto at the security council. Plus, China isn’t minded as well as agreeing to a full ban extension.

Rab had told MP’s that the legal advice was reasonably vivid that after the United States excluded itself from imposing snapback sanctions when it had left the deal in 2018.

There was a meeting in Chevening in Kent that was hosted by the UK foreign secretary Dominic Raab 

together with his German and Foreign counterparts namely Heiko Maas and Jean-Yves Le Drian.

After the Chevening meeting, Raab said in a tweet that they’re committed to holding Iran to account. 

Meanwhile, the German office took the line that Berlin had rejected the United States snapback attempt and remained committed to preserving the nuclear agreement, but Iran should need to return to full compliance urgently.

Unconfirmed reports are circulating that Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, who is personally under the United States sanctions, will tour Europe the following week ahead of the further UN showdown over the United States demand for a snapback to its country.

Despite the Brexit backdrop, both Germany and France, co-operating with the UK over Iran, acknowledged that there are special UK sensitivities regarding defying its closest partner the United States on such issues about critical security. Recognized by the European diplomats that the UK wanted a  free trade deal with the United States, defying the United States on snapback might have resulted in Donald Trump’s infuriation.

Furthermore, the United States also wanted that the E3 would vote at the UN security council against the automatic lifting of the ban on the said export of conventional weapons to Iran, but the E3 seems frustrated with the United States’ zero willingness to negotiate a compromise on the ban’s extent. The E3 believed that a maximalist US stance on the ban would only ensure that no ban extension would be passed since Russia and China would be using their veto at the security council. Supposedly by October, the ban is expected that it will be automatically lifted 

as it was in line with the five-year timetable that was set out by the nuclear deal in 2015.

A leaked UN watchdog report showed that currently, 

Iran’s uranium stockpile is ten times over the limit set in the seal, but according to Iran, it is entitled to breach its obligations because of the failure of the European Union to deny the United States over to improve the trade with Iran. 

Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif stressed the point that Iran is fully in compliance with the system of inspections of its nuclear sites. 

Last month, Iran also resolved the differences with the United Nations weapons watchdog the International Atomic Energy Agency over its inspectors accessing the two sites.

(Source: UK, France and Germany agree to reject US demand for Iran snapback sanctions)

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