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European signatories concerned over breach of nuclear deal by Tehran

PARIS/DUBAI: The European signatories to Iran nuclear deal have expressed concenrs over Tehran’s apparent breach of the 2015 deal.

Iran announced this week it has amassed more low-enriched uranium than is permitted under the nuclear pact. The announcement prompted US President Donald Trump to say Iran was “playing with fire”.

“We regret this decision by Iran, which calls into question an essential instrument of nuclear non-proliferation,” the foreign ministers of Germany, France and Britain said in a joint statement with the EU’s High Representative on Iran. “We urge Iran to reverse this step and to refrain from further measures that undermine the nuclear deal,” they said.

Tensions between Washington and Tehran have increased since Trump pulled Washington out of the pact last year and moved to bar all international sales of Iranian oil. Washington also blames Iran for attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf, something Tehran denies.

The European signatories to the accord have sought to pull back the two longstanding foes from direct confrontation, fearing a mistake could lead to war accidentally.