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US threatened EU with auto tariffs over Iran deal - report

United States President Donald Trump's administration allegedly told the governments to the United Kingdom, France and Germany that they need to blame Iran for breaking obligations from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and threatened that if they didn't the US would impose tariffs of 25% on auto imports from the EU, a report by the Washington Post claimed on Wednesday.

The White House was also behind the initiation of the dispute mechanism within the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, the report said, and added that an unnamed European official said the US move amounted to "extortion."

This week, the UK, France and Germany triggered the dispute mechanism after Iran said it would stop adhering to more parts of the deal after the US killed its top military official Qassem Soleimani. Russia, which is also a JCPOA party, commented that the triggering the dispute mechanism was not necessary.

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