EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said the aim of the dispute mechanism was not to reimpose sanctions, but ‘to find a solution for the return to full compliance’ with the deal [Francois Lenoir/Reuters]

The European signatories to a nuclear deal signed between Iran and world powers in 2015 have triggered a diplomatic “dispute mechanism”, in their strongest response yet to Tehran’s steps away from the unravelling pact.

Following the US’s decision to withdraw from the deal in May 2018, Iran began dropping its commitments under the deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).


On January 6, days after the US assassination of a top Iranian general, Tehran took a further step back by announcing that it would scrap limits on enriching uranium,

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