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Zarif: E3 sold out JCPOA to avoid Trump tariffs

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif slammed the European signatories to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Thursday for allegedly selling out the nuclear deal from 2015 in an effort to avoid auto tariffs from the United States.

"Appeasement confirmed. E3 sold out remnants of #JCPOA to avoid new Trump tariffs. It won't work my friends. You only whet his appetite. Remember your high school bully? If you want to sell your integrity, go ahead. But DO NOT assume high moral/legal ground. YOU DON'T HAVE IT," Zarif said in a tweet, citing a Washington Post report which claims Trump threatened France, Germany and the United Kingdom, known as E3, with a 25% tariff on cars unless they warn Iran against nuclear agreement violations.

On Tuesday, the E3 triggered a JCPOA dispute resolution mechanism following Iran's decision to scale back its commitments under the nuclear deal. Tehran earlier announced it will end all limitations on its uranium enrichment in response to Washington's killing of Quds Force head Qassem Soleimani but Zarif stressed that Iran is prepared to go back to full compliance "upon effective implementation of reciprocal obligations" by other signatories.

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