Three European nations France, Germany and the UK have reaffirmed their commitment to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA).

The JCPoA mandated Tehran to scale down its nuclear activities in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions on the country.

In a joint statement issued on 14 July, the countries urged Iran and the US to restart dialogue and work towards peace amid concerns over the future of the nuclear deal reached in 2015.

The US pulled out of the Iran deal last year, citing certain violations of the peace agreement.

US President Donald Trump reintroduced sanctions against Iran, targeting the Middle East nation’s banking and oil sectors.

Iran responded to the imposition of sanctions by stating that it would not comply with certain provisions of the JCPoA.

It is in this context and due to ongoing tensions in the Gulf region that the three European powers feel the need to stop any further escalation and resume dialogue to prevent the nuclear deal from collapsing.

The joint statement read: “Today, we are concerned by the risk that the JCPoA further unravels under the strain of sanctions imposed by the US and following Iran’s decision to no longer implement several of the central provisions of the agreement.

“We are extremely concerned by Iran’s decision to stockpile and enrich uranium in excess of authorised limits. Moreover, our three countries are deeply troubled by the attacks we have witnessed in the Persian Gulf and beyond, and by the deterioration of the security in the region.

“We believe the time has come to act responsibly and seek a path to stop the escalation of tensions and resume dialogue. The risks are such that it is necessary for all stakeholders to pause and consider the possible consequences of their actions.”

EU foreign ministers are meeting in Brussels to convince the US and Iran to resume dialogue.

Upon his arrival in Brussels, UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt told reporters that there is a ‘small window’ to keep the nuclear deal alive.