Iran’s Rouhani threatens European troops amid nuclear pressure


London: The Iranian president warned on Wednesday that European troops in the Middle East could be at risk if European countries take part in the American pressure campaign against their country and challenge Tehran to push the boundaries of the 2015 nuclear agreement.

“Today American soldiers are in danger, and tomorrow European soldiers can be in danger,” President Hassan Rouhani said during a cabinet meeting.

Meanwhile, at a summit in New Delhi on Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif acknowledged that Iran had been “cheated” for a few days after a Ukrainian plane accidentally shot and killed 176 people. .

Rouhani’s remarks are his first direct threat to Europe, and Zarif’s imprisonment was the first time Iranian officials mentioned Tehran’s claim that a technical failure had crashed Ukraine International’s flights.

The shootings – and the subsequent denial of missiles shot in the following days – have fueled days of angry protests in the country.

After US President Donald Trump unilaterally abandoned the plan in 2018, Britain, France and Germany tried for months to maintain the joint comprehensive 2015 action plan.

But Tuesday, due to increasing tensions between Tehran and Washington, the European Union has set up a dispute settlement mechanism in an effort to restore Iran’s compliance after it began publicly violating certain restrictions last summer.

Iran says it should not be tied to the agreement after the US General assassinated Iranian supreme commander General Qassem Soleimani during an air raid on Iraq on January 3, especially given that since Iran, after firing rockets at US forces in Iraq, began apply brutal sanctions to the United States.

After the murder of Solemani, Iran said it would no longer meet the restrictions of a nuclear agreement. The purpose of the nuclear restrictions is to prevent Iran from obtaining sufficient material to make an atomic bomb if Iran chooses.

Rouhani said, however, that the United Nations nuclear watchdog would still have access to Iran’s nuclear facilities. On Wednesday, he reiterated Iran’s long-term commitment that the regime would not attempt to make a bomb.

The decision of the European countries to launch a dispute mechanism has now initiated a process that could lead to the initiation process, which could lead to the “withdrawal” of sanctions against Iran by the United Nations and the European Union.

The British foreign minister Dominic Raab told parliament on Tuesday that despite the opposition from Russia and China, European countries were still forced to take action because any breach of the transaction was Iran’s so-called “outbreak time” for producing a nuclear bomb would shorten. Subject to the agreement, experts believe Iran needs a year to have enough equipment to make weapons.

European countries have deployed troops in Afghanistan, Iraq and other parts of the Middle East, with large troops deployed primarily in the United States.

European troops in Iraq
Great Britain, France and Germany are all part of an alliance led by the United States to fight Daesh. Britain has around 400 soldiers in Iraq, while Germany has deployed nearly 450 soldiers to fight Daesh and train Iraqi troops.

After Soleimani, Germany “temporarily” withdrew 35 troops from Iraq. Most aircraft were shipped to Jordan and German troops also participated in reconnaissance and tank flights against the Daesh Alliance. France has about 1,000 soldiers in the area to help combat Daesh in Iraq and Syria.

The EU has as a group dozens of people in Baghdad working on security sector reform and advising the Ministry of the Interior. European Commission spokesman Peter Stano said officials were aware of the threat, but “we, as the EU, have not left Iraq.”

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