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EU concerned about added US sanctions on Iran

AFP  |  Brussels 

The voiced "concern" Saturday over extra US sanctions aimed at unpicking an international deal with that has curbed the Islamic Republic's nuclear programme.

In a statement, the EU and the foreign ministers of France, and Britain -- the three EU powers that led the initial nuclear negotiations with -- said they took note "with regret and concern of the decision by the not to extend waivers with regards to trade in with Iran".

They also said they were concerned by the US decision "not to fully renew waivers for nuclear non-proliferation projects in the framework of the JCPoA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action)" -- the title of the nuclear deal.

on Friday unveiled additional sanctions on Iran's export of enriched uranium as specified under the 2015 deal, although it said it would still grant waivers to permit the deal to continue.

US last year withdrew his country from the deal, which still has the support of the and the remaining signatories to the accord: Russia, China, France, Britain, and Iran.

The objective of the deal was to prevent Iran working to develop agreed to the nuclear restrictions in return for a lifting of sanctions originally imposed by Trump's predecessor,

Nuclear inspectors have certified that Iran has stuck by the terms of the deal.

But Trump, surrounded by hawkish aides, has been progressively ratcheting up sanctions pressure on Iran, demanding it also rein in its conventional military missile programme and pull its forces and proxy fighters out of other countries.

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First Published: Sat, May 04 2019. 23:25 IST