France, Britain and Germany did not support the US decision to restore sanctions against Iran in the framework of the UN Security Council resolution adopted in 2015.

“We cannot approve this initiative, which is incompatible with our efforts to support the Joint comprehensive plan of action (JCPOA),” the foreign Ministers said in a communique issued on Thursday.

The diplomats recalled that the US ceased to be a party to the JCPOA, voluntarily withdrawing from the Treaty in may 2018. At the same time, Paris, London and Berlin “are determined to preserve the processes and institutions that form the basis of multilateralism”.

Earlier on Thursday, August 20, US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo met with the Chairman of the UN security Council, passing on a complaint about Tehran’s non-compliance with the JCPOA. According to Washington, this automatically triggers the procedure for restoring anti-Iranian sanctions in the framework of resolution 2231, adopted in 2015.

Commenting on the statement of the foreign ministries of France, Britain and Germany, Mike Pompeo said that earlier “our friends in Germany, France and the United Kingdom privately told me that they also do not want the lifting of the embargo.” At the same time, he stated that “in the end, they did not present any alternatives and opportunities today.”