The Iran nuclear deal is on the brink of collapse as Britain, France, and Germany trigger a dispute mechanism to directly confront Iran

  • The UK, France, and Germany confirmed Tuesday that they had officially triggered the dispute mechanism enshrined in the Iran nuclear deal.
  • The three countries are the European signatories of the 2015 nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
  • The Europeans said their decision came after Iran pulled away from its commitments under the deal and ignored their attempts to bring it back.
  • Iran’s pulling away from the deal was largely a response to President Donald Trump’s withdrawal of the US from the deal in May 2018.
  • The European statement came hours after UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson called for a new “Trump deal” if the JCPOA no longer worked.

The UK, France, and Germany have officially triggered the dispute mechanism in the Iran nuclear deal while rejecting US President Donald Trump’s “maximum pressure” sanctions on the country.

The three countries negotiated the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran alongside the US, China, and Russia.

The JCPOA was designed to stop Iran from producing its own nuclear weapons, and it set up a framework limiting the quantity and degree to which Iran was allowed to enrich uranium.

The three countries’ decision comes in response to Iran’s May announcement that it would stop meeting some of its commitments under the deal and full withdrawal from it earlier this month. European countries have attempted multiple times to salvage the deal, but Iran has refused to return to the agreement.

Read the article by Alexandra Ma in Business Insider Australia.