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Reuters: EU to keep sanctions against Iranian ballistic missiles in place over possible Russian supplies


European diplomats have informed Iran that once the current round of sanctions expires in October 2023, they still aim to continue targeting the nation's ballistic missile program. The potential sale of missiles to Russia is one of the factors that led to this choice, writes Reuters.

According to Reuters, the EU decided to extend sanctions for three reasons: Russia's potential deployment of Iranian drones in Ukraine, the chance that Iranian missiles will reach Russia, and Iran's violation of the nuclear deal's provisions.

"The Iranians have been informed quite clearly, and the question now is what reciprocal steps the Iranians might take, if any, and anticipate that," a diplomat told Reuters.

A nuclear agreement known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was signed in 2015 by Iran, the U.S., France, Britain, Germany, China, and Russia. According to the accord, Western nations would withdraw their sanctions against Iran in return for a reduction in its nuclear program. Donald Trump, who was serving as US President at the time, declared the US's exit from the JCPOA in May 2018. Iran resumed its nuclear experiments in retaliation.

source: reuters.com