Donald Trump Threatened European Car Tariffs For Iran

The United States threatened to impose a 25% tariff on vehicles imported from the European Union (EU) if European countries did not denounce Iran for the violation of the nuclear agreement signed in 2015 with Tehran, said the newspaper "The Washington Post ".

According to the newspaper, which quoted European officials familiar with the talks, the Washington Government threatened to impose these tariffs if European countries did not challenge Iran or activate the dispute resolution mechanism with Iran.

According to the newspaper, this threat was launched a week before Germany, France and the United Kingdom – the three European states that together with the United States, China and Russia signed the nuclear agreement with Iran in 2015 – activated the resolution agreement differences before the breaches of Iran.

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Yesterday, the high representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, announced that he had received the letter from the ministers of those three countries in which they communicated their decision to resort to the mechanism for what they consider the "breach Iranian "of its commitments.

This mechanism establishes a period of 35 days to resolve the European complaint that Iran is not fulfilling its part of the agreement and opens the door to the re-imposition of sanctions, which would end up ending the pact negotiated by the Government of former US President Barack Obama.

According to "The Washington Post," Trump's demand was rated by European officials as "blackmail."

Trump in 2018 withdrew the United States from the agreement, considering it offers too many concessions to the Tehran authorities.

It is not the first time that Trump uses the threat of import tariffs on European cars, primarily German-branded vehicles, to pressure the European Union.

The sources consulted by the newspaper did not clarify whether the threat of vehicle tariffs was the reason why the three European countries decided to implement the dispute settlement mechanism of the nuclear agreement.

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For its part, Iran rejected European pressures today and said that it is Europe that has to re-fulfill the agreement.

Tension between the United States and Iran has increased after the assassination on January 3 in Baghdad of Iranian General Qasem Suleimaní in a US operation, which triggered an attack by Tehran to bases with US troops on Iraqi soil.

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