Iran says Europeans will yield to ‘high school bully’ Trump in a nuclear dispute

FILE PHOTO: The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran, Mohammad Javad Zarif, observes during a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Sergei Lavrov, in Moscow, Russia, on December 30, 2019. REUTERS / Evgenia Novozhenina

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran’s Foreign Minister said on Thursday that three European states had succumbed to US threats of new tariffs on their products when they activated a dispute mechanism in a nuclear pact, a step that could lead to replenishment of the sanctions of the United Nations.

The pact, or JCPOA, was agreed in 2015 between Tehran and the world powers. The president of the United States, Donald Trump, withdrew from the agreement in 2018 and imposed strict US sanctions on Iran, telling Tehran that he wanted a new broader agreement on nuclear and other issues.

“Appease confirmed. E3 sold the remains of #JCPOA to avoid Trump’s new rates. My friends will not work. You just opened your appetite. Do you remember your high school bully?

The Washington Post reported on Wednesday that the Trump administration had threatened to impose a 25% tariff on European car imports if Britain, France and Germany did not formally accuse Iran of breaking the 2015 nuclear deal.

Report of Parisa Hafezi; Written by Edmund Blair; Edition by Gareth Jones

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