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Lavrov slams E3’s statement on Iran nuclear deal as ‘dangerous turn’

Russia's acting foreign minister recalled the news reports, in which German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer confirmed the rumors that the US was threatening the E3 with duties if they fail to quit the JCPOA

MOSCOW, January 17. /TASS/. Acting Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has described the E3’s plans to trigger the dispute resolution mechanism on the Iran nuclear deal as "a dangerous turn."

He recalled that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action agreed on in 2015 was "an integral part of international law approved by the UN Security Council in a resolution, which is binding."

"However, the Americans decided to apply their own rules. They withdrew from the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action]. They not only stopped honoring their commitments, but also prohibit other countries to trade with Iran. On the other hand, they demand that Iran comply with its obligations under the document, which President Trump described as the worst deal ever," Lavrov told reporters at a news conference on Friday.

"This is an alarming situation, and now it is taking an even more dangerous turn. Three European parties to the JCPOA — the UK, France and Germany — sent a letter to EU Foreign Policy Chief Mr. Josep Borrell, in which they stated that they wanted to launch the dispute resolution procedure envisaged by the JCPOA itself," he added.

"When European countries said that Iran must take measures, they expressed regret over Washington’s withdrawal from the JCPOA. However, the demand was addressed to Iran. Just yesterday, I read news reports that German Defense Minister [Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer] confirmed the rumors that before this letter was written by the foreign ministers of the United Kingdom, France and Germany, the Americans put forward an ultimatum to them, threatening to impose 25-percent duties on cars and other products, if these three countries did not abandon the JCPOA and did not speak in favor of a new treaty that would suit the United States," Lavrov revealed.