Tehran (March 18, 2018): The Deputy Foreign Minister of Iran, Abbas Araghchi has responded to a report that some of the European countries want to impose new sanctions on Iran to pacify U.S. demands regarding a tough approach to Iran.
Araghchi’s argued that Britain, France, and Germany have proposed fresh EU sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missiles and its role in Syria’ war to try to persuade Washington to preserve the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran.Iran agreed to curbs on its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of a number of sanctions as part of the deal. Senior Iranian officials have repeatedly said their missile program is not up for negotiation.
The proposal is part of an EU strategy to save the accord signed by world powers that curb Tehran’ ability to develop nuclear weapons, namely by showing US President Donald Trump that there are other ways to counter Iranian power abroad.
Araghchi quoted that, “If America exits the deal and unilateral sanctions return, we will definitely not continue the deal because it will not serve our interests.”