Iranian FM urges Europe to "exert sovereignty" amid U.S. pressures

Source: Xinhua| 2020-01-22 19:04:25|Editor: huaxia

TEHRAN, Jan. 22 (Xinhua) -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Wednesday urged Britain, France, and Germany (E3) to "exert" what he called their "sovereignty" in the face of U.S. economic pressures.

Zarif tweeted on Wednesday that "when E3 sold out remnants of #JCPOA to avoid Trump tariffs last week, I warned that it would only whet his appetite."

The remarks followed the U.S. President Donald Trump's latest threat to impose 25-percent tariffs on European cars from Germany, France and Britain "if they refuse to condemn Tehran's actions."

The Trump administration also threatened last week to impose tariffs on the three European countries, just before they officially accused Iran of breaching the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Last week, France, Britain and Germany announced their decision to trigger the dispute mechanism in the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, a step that could lead to the restoration of UN sanctions against Iran.