Germany, France and the United Kingdom thanked Russia and China for their efforts to maintain the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan (JCPOA) on Iran, according to which the country remains without nuclear weapons. Joint statement by the three countries’ foreign ministries published on the website of the German Foreign Ministry.
“We are grateful to the Russian Federation and China, with whom we are still in close contact, for joining our joint efforts to maintain a nuclear agreement with Iran,” the document says. The text also notes that at the time of aggravation of relations between Tehran and Washington, it is important to prevent the termination of this transaction.
Earlier in January Iran announced on the final refusal of the agreement on the JCPOA concerning its nuclear program. Tehran withdrew from the nuclear deal, saying it would not have any restrictions in terms of production, including enrichment capacity, percentage and amount of enriched uranium.
The IRFA for Iran was concluded between Tehran and six intermediary countries, including Russia, the UK, the USA, France, Germany and China. The agreement involves lifting sanctions from Iran in exchange for limiting its nuclear program. In May 2018, the President of the United States Donald Trump announced the country’s withdrawal from the transaction and the resumption of restrictive measures against Iran, which include a ban on oil trade.