US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo canceled his trip to Moscow to discuss Iran’s threat to pull out of the 2015 nuclear agreement with European officials in Brussels, Reuters reports.
Pompeo was seen boarding a plane at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland Sunday night.
The European officials will discuss Iran’s latest threat to pull out of Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal in 60 days if the European Union does not implement the deal. The United States pulled out the deal last year and levied heavy economic sanctions against the Islamic regime.
Tehran recently threatened to continue enriching uranium if the remaining signatories – China, France, Germany, Russia, and the UK do not keep their promise to protect Iran’s oil and banking sectors from US sanctions.
European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Monday that the remaining countries intend to stay in the deal.
“We continue to fully support the nuclear deal with Iran, its full implementation. We will have also today, at the margins of the Foreign Affairs Council, a meeting between myself and the foreign ministers of France, Germany and the UK to discuss how to best support the full implementation, continue to support the full implementation of the nuclear deal with Iran. That for us remains a key pillar of security in our region and it has been and continues to be for us a key element of non-proliferation, the non-proliferation architecture globally and in the region. So, we will continue to support it as much as we can with all our instruments and all our political will,” she said.
However, the European Union strongly condemned Iran’s latest ultimatum.