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UK, France, Germany urge U.S. and Iran to restore dialogue to stop escalation over nuclear deal

Heads of states are concerned about the risk that the Vienna nuclear agreement could keep falling under the pressure of U.S. sanctions and Iran's unwillingness to comply with key provisions of the deal
11:00, 15 July 2019

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The governments and leaders of the UK, France and Germany made a joint statement, asking the U.S. and Iran to restore the dialogue for the sake of stopping the escalation over the nuclear deal. The statement was released by the German government.

"...we're concerned about the risk that the Vienna nuclear agreement could keep falling under the pressure of U.S. sanctions and Iran's decision not to comply with some of the key provisions of the deal. We're extremely concerned about Iran's decision to enrich uranium and keep it above the allowed amounts", the statement says.

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Besides, German, French and American leaders condemned the attacks that occurred in the Persian Gulf and other locations and expressed concerns about the worsening security situation in the region. 

"We believe that the time has come to act responsibly, searching for the way to put an end to the escalation of tensions and restore the dialogue (...) all sides should take a pause and consider possible consequences of their actions", the heads of European states claimed.

Related: Trump threatens to tighten sanctions against Iran due to uranium enrichment

Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani stated his country would not negotiate with the U.S. unless the American sanctions are lifted.

Six countries, U.S., Germany, Russia, France, the UK and China signed the nuclear deal with Iran in July 2015. In 2018, U.S. President Donald Trump announced he would withdraw from the deal and introduce the new sanctions against Tehran. 

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