His statement comes after the announcement by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that ‘snapback of sanctions’ are reimposed on Iran.
‘’The U.S. cannot be considered to be a JCPOA participant State and cannot initiate the process of reinstating UN sanctions under the UN Security Council resolution 2231. Consequently, sanctions lifting commitments under the JCPOA continue to apply,’’ said EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell in a statement following the announcement by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that UN sanctions are being reimposed on Iran.
The so-called ”snapback of sanctions” was triggered 30 days ago, following the UN Security Council’s vote not to extend the arms embargo on the Islamic Republic. Pompeo said said that the US “expects all UN Member States to comply” with the sanctions.
In his statement, Borrell recalled that ‘’the US unilaterally ceased participation in the JCPOA (the 2015 nuclear agreement between the world powers and Iran) by presidential Memorandum on 8 May 2018 and has subsequently not participated in any JCPOA-related activities.’’
‘’As coordinator of the JCPOA Joint Commission I will continue to do everything possible to ensure the preservation and full implementation of the JCPOA by all,’’ Borell added.
He said the nuclear accord ‘’remains a key pillar of the global non-proliferation architecture, contributing to regional and global security as it addresses Iran’s nuclear programme in a comprehensive manner.’’
‘’I call on all to do their utmost to preserve the agreement and to refrain from any action that could be perceived as an escalation in the current situation,’’ Borrell added.
Russia and China opposed the American move to extend the arms embargo, and the UK, France and Germany raised objections as well.
Mike Pompeo said that in addition to the arms embargo, sanctions include restrictions such as the ban on Iran engaging in enrichment and reprocessing-related activities, the prohibition of ballistic-missile testing and development and sanctions on the transfer of nuclear – and missile-related technologies to Iran, among other measures.
“The Trump Administration has always understood that the greatest threat to peace in the Middle East comes from the Islamic Republic of Iran, whose violent efforts to spread revolution have killed thousands and upended the lives of millions of innocent people,” the U.S. Secretary of State said.
Israeli Defense Minister and Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz said that Iran continues to be a danger to the world, and its leaders are still developing its nuclear weapons programs and funding proxies throughout the Middle East.
“Continued pressure by the American government against Iranian aggression is a necessary tool and I praise the uncompromising efforts to stop it and promote stability in our region,” he said.