500 parliamentarians from Britain, France and Germany warn the US Congress that undermining the Iran nuclear deal would undermine the unity of the Euro-Atlantic community.
In a letter addressed to the US Congress, parliamentarians plead with Washington not to undermine an agreement that has been negotiated for over 13 years, reaching out and engaging Russia and China.
The letter is published in major newspapers around the world throughout Thursday and Friday.
The Trump administration has signalled its intention to withdraw from the agreement on May 12, unless the agreement if “fixed.” That means Washington is ready to reinstate sanctions on Iran, killing the agreement despite Tehran’s compliance.
The signed by legislators by the three biggest members of the EU, as well as the two biggest military powers in Europe, makes an explicit warning on how big a damage this withdrawal would be for the Euro-Atlantic community:
“It is the US’s and Europe’s interest to prevent nuclear proliferation in a volatile region and to maintain the transatlantic partnership as a reliable and credible driving force of world politics.
Paraphrasing, Europe and the United States would no longer share the same perception of “interest” is Washington was to withdraw. The signatories warn that a withdrawal would destabilize the wider Middle East, generating “lasting damage” to “our” credibility, in a clear reference to the Euro-Atlantic community.
From the UN headquarters in New York, Iranian’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif voiced his own warnings on Thursday, making clear that if Washington were to withdraw from the agreement, there would be “unpleasant” reactions.