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A joint statement issued Thursday by the EU and Foreign Ministers of France, Germany and the UK reaffirmed their collective commitment to the Iran deal. It also strongly hints that potential US intrusion on the issue is unwelcome.

“We call on countries not party to the JCPOA to refrain from taking any actions that impede the remaining parties’ ability to fully perform their commitments,” the statement outlined.

On Wednesday, Tehran announced that it would no longer adhere fully to commitments made as part of the original nuclear deal with the P5+1 (the permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany).

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The EU statement comes after the Trump administration responded to Tehran by imposing a raft of new sanctions on entities trading in steel, iron, copper and aluminium and related products with Iran. The decision was taken exactly one year after the US withdrew from the Obama-era Iran deal.

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On May 8, 2018, Trump withdrew the US from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, commonly known as the Iran deal, which promised relief from financial sanctions on Iran in exchange for curbs to its nuclear weapons program.

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