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UK, France must press US to take decisions for lasting, strong agreement: Iran Foreign Ministry

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kan'ani

The spokesman for Iran’s Foreign Ministry has reiterated the futility of threats and sanctions against Tehran, urging Britain and France to force the US to take the necessary decisions to pave the way for a revival of the 2015 deal instead of siding with the party responsible for the agreement’s troubled condition.

"Instead of standing alongside the culprit for current situation of JCPOA, UK & France need to press their ally to take needed decisions for a lasting & strong agreement," Nasser Kan'ani said in a post on his Twitter account on Tuesday.

He emphasized that threats and sanctions have already proven futile.

The Iranian spokesperson's tweet came a day after the US Treasury and State departments imposed sanctions on three Hong Kong-based trading companies, one United Arab Emirates firm and two shipping firms, one based in Qingdao, China, and the other in Singapore.

The US said the firms have helped Iran sell tens of millions of dollars in oil and petrochemical products to East Asian countries.

Back in May 2018, former US president Donald Trump unilaterally pulled the US out of the nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and initiated the so-called maximum pressure campaign against Tehran despite its full compliance with the pact.

While the administration of President Joe Biden had voiced willingness to undo Trump’s “failed” policy toward Tehran and rejoin the ailing deal, it has retained the anti-Iran sanctions as leverage since talks between Tehran and the remaining parties to the JCPOA began last year in Vienna, Austria, to bring the US back into the deal.

However, Tehran insists that all sanctions must first be removed in a verifiable manner before it reverses the “remedial measures” it has taken in response to the US withdrawal and maximum pressure policy.

Earlier on Tuesday, Kan'ani slammed the fresh round of US sanctions targeting the country’s oil sales, saying the bans reveal Washington’s “pseudo-sympathy” towards the victims of recent flash floods across Iran.

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