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US commends German firms' compliance on Iran sanctions

Richard Grenell
US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell has welcomed German companies' decision to comply with US sanctions and stop business with Iran. Washington warned firms that do business with Iran that they could face repercussions.

The US ambassador to Berlin on Thursday said he was pleased with the actions of German companies that had stopped trading with Iran after fresh US sanctions were imposed on the country, Deutsche Welle reported on Thursday.

"We are very pleased that German businesses have decided to abide by the US sanctions," Grenell told the German news agency DPA in an interview.

"German business leaders have told us unequivocally that they will stop doing business with Iran and will abide by the US sanctions," he said. "So we are very pleased that the actions of the German business community have been very clear."

The US reimposed sanctions on Iranian oil this month after US President Donald Trump pulled out of an international agreement on Iran's nuclear program.

Trump claimed the deal was flawed because it did not include restrictions on the development of ballistic missiles or Iran's support for militant groups in countries such as Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Yemen.

Officials from the European Union and Iran have worked to create a new legal framework to protect companies that conduct business with Iran from US sanctions.

While praising some German firms in his DPA interview, Grenell accused those still doing business in Iran of helping to fund terrorist activities.

"If you are doing business with Iran you are giving money to the Iranian regime, which spends massive amounts of money on terrorist activities," Grenell said.

The JCPOA was signed by Iran, China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, Germany, the EU and the United States in October 2015.
Last Modified: Thursday، 22 November 2018 01:54 PM