TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Britain's Minister for Industry and Business Nadhim Zahawi said his country is 'working hard' to preserve the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers despite Washington's efforts to undermine it.
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"The UK strongly supports the JCPOA and is working hard to preserve the agreement given its importance to non-proliferation and security," Zahawi said on Monday addressing the 64th International Atomic Energy Agency General Conference.
He added, "... we are grateful to the Director General for his dedication in monitoring this agreement".
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Saturday that all UN sanctions against Iran were "back in effect" under the so-called snapback provision in the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, formally named the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Pompeo said last month that he triggered a 30-day process at the council leading to the return of UN sanctions on Iran on Saturday evening that would also stop a conventional arms embargo on Tehran from expiring on Oct. 18.
But 13 of the 15 Security Council members say Washington's move is void because Pompeo used a mechanism agreed under a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, which the United States quit in 2018.
Washington argues it triggered the return of sanctions - known as "snapback" - because a UN resolution that enshrines the pact still names it as a participant. Diplomats say few countries are likely to reimpose the measures lifted under the 2015 deal.