Iran urges Europe to nor­mal­ize eco­nomic ties or face con­se­quences

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS -

LON­DON (REUTERS), 9 JUNE, 2019 - Iran said on Sun­day Europe was in no po­si­tion to crit­i­cize Tehran for its mil­i­tary ca­pa­bil­i­ties and it called on Euro­pean lead­ers to nor­mal­ize trade ties with the Is­lamic Repub­lic de­spite U.S. sanc­tions, or face con­se­quences.

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump last year with­drew the United States from world pow­ers’ 2015 nu­clear deal with Iran and reim­posed sweep­ing sanc­tions. Trump con­demned the ac­cord, signed by his pre­de­ces­sor Barack Obama, as flawed for not be­ing per­ma­nent and for not cov­er­ing Iran’s bal­lis­tic mis­sile pro­gramme or its role in con­flicts around the Mid­dle East.

The west Euro­pean sig­na­to­ries to the deal - France, Bri­tain and Ger­many - share the same con­cerns as the United States over Iran’s bal­lis­tic mis­sile de­vel­op­ment and re­gional ac­tiv­i­ties.

How­ever, they have de­fended the nu­clear ac­cord as the best way to limit Iran’s en­rich­ment of ura­nium, a po­ten­tial path­way to nu­clear weapons, and a ba­sis for fu­ture ne­go­ti­a­tions on a broader pal­ette of se­cu­rity and other long­stand­ing dis­putes.

FILE PHOTO: Ira­nian For­eign Min­is­ter, Mo­ham­mad Javad Zarif speaks dur­ing a news con­fer­ence in Baghdad

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