German Defence Minister confirms reports of Trump's threats to slap EU with higher tariffs over Iran

German Defence Minister confirms reports of Trump
# 16 January 2020 16:29 (UTC +04:00)

The German Defence Minister and head of a governing coalition party, the CDU, has confirmed that the US indeed threatened to slap import taxes on European cars, if Germany, France, and the UK don't put more pressure on Iran regarding its nuclear activities, APA reports citing Sputnik.

She added, however, that the triggering of the Iran Nuclear Deal Dispute Mechanism was not a reaction to US President Donald Trump's tariff threats.

Three signatories to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA, also known as Iran nuclear deal), namely the UK, Germany, and France initiated the dispute mechanism on 14 January following Iran's statement that it had stopped adhering to the accord's provisions. Their complaint will be reviewed by the Joint Commission and could potentially lead to the deal’s demise.

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