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France, Germany, UK trigger Iran nuclear deal dispute mechanism - statement

14 January 2020

France, Britain and Germany plan to trigger on Tuesday the dispute mechanism in the Iran nuclear deal following renewed violations by Tehran of the 2015 accord, two European diplomats said on Tuesday.

"Let's work together to replace the JCPOA and get the Trump deal instead", Johnson said, referring to U.S. President Donald Trump, who unilaterally withdrew from the deal in 2018, claiming it was flawed beyond fixing.

Under the agreement, worldwide sanctions against Iran were lifted in return for Tehran agreeing to curb its nuclear programme.

The six signatories to the deal, Iran, Russia, China and the European Union states, France Germany and the United Kingdom, will now meet at political director level in Vienna to hear formally that Iran's steps away from the deal have required the European Union to trigger the deal's elaborate dispute resolution mechanism.

Activating the mechanism - which is only possible if one or more signatories suspect a non-compliance with the deal - could eventually lead to the UN Security Council deciding whether to bring back sanctions against Iran.

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The Telegraph understand the decision was taken jointly last month, in response to Iran's stage three and four renouncements of nuclear deal commitments, which are considered to be irreversible and pose proliferation threat.

"I don't want a military conflict between us, the United States and Iran, let's dial this thing down", Johnson said.

"At one point we have to show our credibility", said one of the European diplomats.

"Our intention is not to restore sanctions, but to resolve our differences through the very mechanism that was created in the deal", a second diplomat said.

Iran announced, following the death of Gen. Qasem Soleimani in a US airstrike in Baghdad, that it would no longer comply with any commitments under the 2015 deal signed with several world powers.

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On 8 January Iran accidentally shot down a Ukrainian airliner while its forces were on high alert following strikes on United States targets.

Iran has suspended all limits on its production of enriched uranium, which can be used to make reactor fuel but also nuclear weapons. President Trump is a great dealmaker, by his own account.

"Let's replace it [JCPoA] with a Trump deal".

He said: "If we're going to get rid of it, let's replace it and let's replace it with the Trump deal..."

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France, Germany, UK trigger Iran nuclear deal dispute mechanism - statement