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Russia warns thoughtless EU move on Iran deal risks 'new escalation'

Russia condemned the EU move to put the Iran nuclear deal in dispute on Tuesday, warning it risked causing a "new escalation".

EU signatories, Britain, France and Germany claimed to have launched action under the Iran nuclear agreement paving the way for possible sanctions in response to Tehran’s attempts to roll back parts of the deal, European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said Tuesday.

The three Signatories which signed the international agreement in 2015 along with the United States, Russia and China, informed Borrell, who supervises the pact, in a letter that they are triggering its “dispute mechanism,” ratcheting up pressure on the Islamic Republic.

"We do not rule out that the thoughtless actions of the Europeans could lead to a new escalation around the Iranian nuclear accord," the Russia's foreign ministry said in a statement.

US unilateral withdrawal from the accord, inability of the Britain, France and Germany to make good their promise to help Iran circumvent the Trump sanctions are the reasons Tehran scaled back from the JCPOA deal with statement that all steps are still reversible if sanction are lifted.

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