Britain, France and Germany made a joint plea to U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday to uphold a pact stopping Iran getting nuclear weapons, a day before Trump is expected to decide whether to re-impose sanctions in a move likely to sink the deal.
In sharp contrast to Trump’s view that the 2015 pact was “the worst deal ever negotiated”, the foreign ministers of the three countries and the EU’s top diplomat said there was no alternative to it and that sanctions should remain lifted.
The meeting in Brussels was choreographed to send a message to Washington before Trump is due to decide whether to re-impose oil sanctions lifted under the deal.
If that happens, Iran has said it would no longer be bound by the pact and could return to producing enriched uranium.
European countries have benefited from renewed trade with Iran as sanctions have been lifted, while U.S. companies are still largely barred from doing business with the Islamic Republic due to other sanctions unrelated to the nuclear issue.