London, Paris, and Berlin, in line with the announcement from the British Foreign Office on Thursday, have decided to maintain the current sanctions against Iran beyond the October 18 deadline specified in the 2015 nuclear agreement.
‘The UK has today committed to incorporate into UK law the UN sanctions against Iran that were due to be lifted in October,’ the UK Foreign Office said in a statement.
Under the JCPOA, the 2015 nuclear deal, ‘a series of UN, EU and UK sanctions were due to be lifted on October 18. These sanctions target individuals and entities involved in Iran’s missile, nuclear and other weapons programs.
Following Iran’s failure to fulfil its obligations under the JCPOA and continued escalation of nuclear tensions, the UK, France and Germany today confirmed that EU and UK sanctions will remain in place.
The JCPOA agreement aimed to restrict Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions. However, Iran continues to violate its JCPOA commitments.
A joint statement by the German Foreign Ministry said the three countries ‘remain committed to finding a diplomatic solution’.
This does not mean ‘imposing additional sanctions,’ the statement said. ‘We are ready to reconsider our decision if Iran fully fulfils its obligations under the JCPOA.