EU Maintains Restrictions Against Iran Under Non-proliferation Sanctions

 – EU member states maintained on Tuesday restrictive measures against Iran under the non-proliferation sanctions regime after the JCPOA transition day, according to a statement.

The JCPOA, or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, is a defunct 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and major powers under which Tehran agreed to restrain its nuclear program in return for relief from U.S., EU and U.N. sanctions.

“The Council adopted legal acts to maintain the designations, that had initially been imposed by the United Nations for individuals and entities involved in nuclear or ballistic missiles activities or affiliated to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC),” the statement said.

“The Council also agreed to maintain sectoral and individual measures, existing under the EU’s sanctions regime, notably those related to Iran nuclear proliferation, as well as arms and missile embargoes.”

These are not new measures imposed against Iran, the Council said and all EU sanctions that had already been lifted under the JCPOA remain lifted.

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(Reporting by Marine Strauss; Editing by Benoit Van Overstraeten)

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