The UK has signed a joint statement with the European Union in effort to block the impact of US President Donald Trump’s latest sanctions on Iran.
UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt signed the statement along with other European ministers, including EU High Representative Federica Mogherini and foreign ministers Jean-Yves Le Drian of France and Heiko Maas of Germany, to protect business deals European companies have in Iran.
A “blocking statute” will come into effect on Tuesday to prevent European companies from accepting the US sanctions, which Trump re-imposed on Monday after he withdrew the US from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal earlier this year.
In the statement Hunt and his counterparts said: “It is a key element of the global nuclear non-proliferation architecture, crucial for the security of Europe, the region, and the entire world. We expect Iran to continue to fully implement all its nuclear commitments under the JCPOA.
“The lifting of nuclear-related sanctions is an essential part of the deal – it aims at having a positive impact not only on trade and economic relations with Iran, but most importantly on the lives of the Iranian people. We are determined to protect European economic operators engaged in legitimate business with Iran.”
John Bolton, Trump’s national security adviser, has previously suggested the US could further sanctions by imposing them on European countries that do business with Iran.