United Nations: The United Kingdom, France and Germany made a joint declaration on the recently made Saudi oil attacks. In the statement, the three nations said, ‘It is now clear that Iran is responsible for the attacks on the Saudi oil facilities. The United Kingdom, France and Germany will provide full support to the inquiry into the incident.’ At the same time, the three countries also called upon Iran to reinitiate talks regarding its nuclear and missile program. The United Kingdom, France and Germany were previously in support of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, but have now indicated a significant shift in their position by blaming Iran for the attacks on the Saudi oil installations.
A special meeting was held between British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, all of whom were in New York for the UN General Assembly. The UK, France and Germany reprimanded Iran in the joint declaration released after the UN meeting. ‘It is clear for us that Iran bears responsibility for this attack. There is no other plausible explanation. No Iranian tricks will be tolerated in the matter,’ the three leaders said in the statement.
‘The United Kingdom, France and Germany have a common stand regarding the stability, security and peace in the Middle East. The time has come for Iran to accept a long-term negotiation framework for its nuclear program, as well as regional security issues, which include its missile programs. We call on Iran to commit to such a dialogue and to avoid any new provocation and escalation,’ the European countries appealed in the joint statement.
Iran has dismissed the allegations on the Saudi oil attacks. Furthermore, Iranian Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif clarified that Iran was not going to engage in any fresh negotiations with the western countries on the nuclear deal. In an interview with a news channel before the UN General Assembly meeting, Zarif accused the European countries of having failed to fulfil the commitments made in the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. What’s more, Iran increased the number of centrifuges and breached the uranium enrichment level defined in the nuclear agreement that it had signed four years ago.
Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that the US was keen on resolving the Iran issue through diplomatic dialogue, but the Islamic Republic was eager for war. Moreover, Iranian politicians and military officials were also repeatedly issuing threats to the US, Saudi and its allies.