T he three European parties to the 2015 nuclear deal on Tuesday referred Iranís compliance issue to the agreementís Joint Commission under the dispute resolution mechanism set out in paragraph 36 of the accord, formally called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
"We do this in good faith with the overarching objective of preserving the JCPOA and in the sincere hope of finding a way forward to resolve the impasse through constructive diplomatic dialogue, while preserving the agreement and remaining within its framework," the foreign ministers of France, Germany and the United Kingdom said in a joint statement, published on the website of Germanyís Federal Foreign Office.
Iran has reduced its compliance to the deal in five steps in response to the United States' withdrawal and reimposition of sanctions and in view of the European parties' failure to fulfill their commitments and protect Iran's benefits promised by the agreement.
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi downplayed the recent move, saying that Tehran had already launched the mechanism due to the other side's failure to meet its commitments.
"Nothing new has happened in terms of procedural or technical considerations," he added.
The three foreign ministers said they do not accept the argument that Iran is entitled to reduce compliance with the JCPOA.
"Contrary to its statements, Iran has never triggered the JCPOA Dispute Resolution Mechanism and has no legal grounds to cease implementing the provisions of the agreement."

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