EU officials to hold emergency meeting on saving Iran deal

European Union officials will hold an emergency meeting to discuss possible options for salvaging the 2015 Iran nuclear deal after Tehran announced this weekend it would abandon the deal’s limitations on uranium enrichment, according to Reuters.

“We must be ready to react to Iran’s breaches of the nuclear deal,” one of the diplomats involved in the planning of the meeting, which is set for Friday, told Reuters.

Asked whether this could involve moving closer to re-imposing international sanctions against Iran, the diplomat told the news service, “It is increasingly likely, but not yet decided. Friday will be key.”


Iran's announcement comes on the heels of the U.S. killing Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani in a drone strike. The U.S. withdrew from the deal in 2018 but Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China remain committed to the agreement.

Iran has said it will return to compliance with the deal if the United States does the same and, in withdrawing from its commitment, cited the U.S. withdrawal and sanctions that have devastated Iranian oil exports.

"Iran's full cooperation w/IAEA [the International Atomic Energy Agency] will continue," Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif said in a tweet Sunday.

Iran has vowed retaliation against the U.S. for Soleimani’s death. President TrumpDonald John TrumpMinnesota certifies Biden victory Trump tells allies he plans to pardon Michael Flynn: report Republican John James concedes in Michigan Senate race MORE said over the weekend that any retaliation would be met with targeted strikes against 52 undisclosed sites in Iran, including those of cultural significance.