Jul 15, 2019 11:16 Asia/Tehran [Updated: May 20, 2020 23:35 Asia/Tehran]
  • European powers seek end of 'escalation' over Iran in  Brussels on Monday

European foreign ministers will meet in Brussels on Monday to find a way to deescalate tensions over Iran and the US in the Persian Gulf amid fears that the 2015 nuclear deal is close to collapse.

Iran Press/Europe:  France, Britain, and Germany, who are parts to the 2015 nuclear deal alongside Russia and China, have sought to defuse tensions which culminated in last month by downing an intruding US spy drone in Iranian territorial airspace by IRGC Missile Unit.

The foreign ministers of France, Britain, and Germany are scheduled to convene in Brussels on Monday to discuss the latest developments around the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.

According to Reuters, the three European foreign ministers will seek to flesh out how to convince Iran and the United States to reduce tensions and initiate dialogue when they meet in the Belgian capital.

In a joint statement on Sunday, the three countries said the time has come to “act responsibly and to look for ways to stop the escalation of tension and resume dialogue.”

Escalating tensions in the Middle East and failure of the Iran nuclear accord could pose an "existential threat" to mankind, UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt will reportedly say on Monday, writes The Guardian.

On the eve of an EU meeting in Brussels, the UK foreign secretary will underscore the importance of the deal, ditched unilaterally by US President Donald Trump on May 2018.

The three European signatories to the nuclear deal with Iran - France, Germany, and the UK - issued a joint statement ahead of today’s EU meeting, also urging compliance from Iran, as they spoke of the risks for all “stakeholders” and insisting the time had come to “act responsibly”:

 “We are concerned by the risk that the nuclear deal further unravels under the strain of sanctions imposed by the United States and following Iran’s decision to no longer implement several of the central provisions of the agreement".

Iran has told Europe it will not change its decision to increase uranium enrichment beyond the limits set by the 2015 nuclear accord until it achieves its “full rights” to an economic relationship with the EU under the deal.

In May 2018, Trump pulled his country out of the deal. Iran and E3 launched talks to save the JCPOA after the US withdrawal, but the three EU parties to the deal (France, Britain, and Germany) have failed to ensure Iran’s economic interests.

The EU’s inaction forced Tehran to stop honoring certain commitments to the nuclear deal, including a rise in the stockpile of enriched uranium.

Iran maintains that the new measures are not designed to harm the JCPOA but to save the accord by creating a balance in the commitments.

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