Germany, France and the UK are scrambling to win EU backing for a dual pronged approach on Iran that would threaten Tehran with further sanctions while shoring up the landmark nuclear deal with the Islamic republic; financial times reported.
The three powers want to agree a common EU position ahead of a February 13-14 meeting on Middle Eastern security that has been jointly convened by the US and Poland. Some European ministers see the Warsaw gathering as an attempt by Washington to push the bloc towards a more hawkish line on Iran.
“We need to accept that the [nuclear deal] is important and it has been a signal achievement,” said one EU diplomat supportive of the moves to hammer out a new consensus in the 28-member bloc. “Equally, we need to stress that there are real reasons to be concerned about what Iran has been doing — and we need to apply pressure.”
Germany, France and the UK — all of which signed the 2015 nuclear accord — planned missile programme sanctions against Tehran early last year, shelving the idea when it failed to stop US president Donald Trump leaving the atomic agreement.
The trade channel is now envisaged to be set up within weeks. It would be based in France, headed by a German and have UK, French and German shareholdings, diplomats said.