News ID: 274721
Published: 0223 GMT September 26, 2020

European Council reaffirms sanctions relief on Iran to continue

European Council reaffirms sanctions relief on Iran to continue

European Council President Charles Michel said that sanctions relief under the Iran nuclear deal would continue to be effective, days after Washington's unilateral claim that UN sanctions against Tehran had been restored.

"The agreement endorsed by UN Security Council Resolution 2231 remains in place and for us there is no doubt that the sanctions lifting commitments under the agreement continue to apply," Michel said during his remarks at the general debate of the 75th Session of the UN General Assembly, Xinhua reported.

He noted that the Iran nuclear deal remains critical for global non-proliferation and regional security. "It is therefore essential to preserve the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) and for all parties to fully implement it."

"While we strongly support the preservation of the Iran deal, we continue to firmly address other concerns, such as the domestic and the regional situation," he added.

The United States claimed last week that all pre-2015 UN sanctions against Iran had been restored according to the "snapback" mechanism under Security Council Resolution 2231, a unilateral effort ignored by the international community.

The overwhelming majority of Security Council members, however, asserted that the United States has no right to invoke the "snapback" mechanism as the country is no longer a participant following its withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal in May 2018. 


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