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European Leaders 'Concerned' After Trump Decertifies Iran Nuke Deal

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By    |   Friday, 13 October 2017 03:48 PM

A trio of European leaders expressed concern regarding President Donald Trump's decision not to recertify the Iran nuclear agreement.

Hours after Trump announced his desire to have Congress take another look at the deal during a 60-day window, British Prime Minister Theresa May, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and French President Emmanuel Macron released a statement about the matter.

"We, the Leaders of France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, take note of President Trump's decision not to recertify Iran's compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action to Congress and are concerned by the possible implications," the statement reads.

"We stand committed to the JCPoA and its full implementation by all sides. Preserving the JCPoA is in our shared national security interest. The nuclear deal was the culmination of 13 years of diplomacy and was a major step towards ensuring that Iran's nuclear program is not diverted for military purposes."

Trump announced his administration's new policy on Iran, which involves placing new sanctions on Iran and its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in addition to decertifying the nuclear agreement.

The aforementioned European leaders said the U.S. should tread cautiously.

"We encourage the U.S. administration and Congress to consider the implications to the security of the U.S. and its allies before taking any steps that might undermine the JCPoA, such as re-imposing sanctions on Iran lifted under the agreement," the statement reads.

The leaders did, however, acknowledge their concerns with "Iran's ballistic missile program and regional activities that also affect our European security interests. We stand ready to take further appropriate measures to address these issues in close cooperation with the U.S. and all relevant partners."

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