1242 GMT December 13, 2018
European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said she expects rest of international community to continue implementing Iran nuclear deal after US President Donald Trump announced pullout on Tuesday.
The EU is "determined to preserve" the Iran nuclear deal despite the US withdrawal, the bloc's diplomatic chief Mogherini said, pledging to "stay true" if Tehran stuck to its commitments.
Mogherini made a direct appeal to the Iranian people and their leaders to stick with the accord after US President Donald Trump said Washington was ditching what he called a "defective" agreement.
"Stay true to your commitments as we will stay true to ours and together with the rest of the international community we will preserve this nuclear deal," Mogherini said at a hastily-arranged press conference in Rome.
Trump said he would reimpose economic sanctions that were waived when the deal was signed in 2015. The move goes against advice from his European allies and some military advisers.
British PM May said in joint statement with Germany and France that we emphasize our continuing commitment to the nuclear deal.
French President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday that France, Germany and Britain regretted Trump's decision to withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
"France, Germany, and the UK regret the US decision to leave the JCPOA (Iran deal). The nuclear non-proliferation regime is at stake," he wrote on Twitter.
"We will work collectively on a broader framework, covering nuclear activity, the post-2025 period, ballistic activity, and stability in the Middle East, notably Syria, Yemen, and Iraq," he added.
But Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he "fully supports" the withdrawal.
A spokesman for Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that the decision by the United States to unilaterally withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal will cause instability and new conflicts.
Syria also "strongly condemned" the Trump's decision, saying it will increase tensions in the world, state media reported on Tuesday citing the Foreign Ministry.
The United States will reimpose a wide array of Iran-related sanctions after the expiry of 90- and 180-day wind-down periods, including sanctions aimed at Iran's oil sector and transactions with its central bank, the US Treasury said on Tuesday.
In a statement on its website and a related "frequently asked questions" document, the Treasury said sanctions relating to aircraft exports to Iran, the country's metals trade and any efforts by Tehran to acquire US dollars will also be reimposed.