The European Union’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, read the brief statement on behalf of the ministers from Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and Iran, after they met on 25 September at the 74th UN General Assembly in New York.

The participating countries will continue their efforts to keep the Iran nuclear deal in the place, despite “increasing” difficulties, Mogherini said.

The United States was a party to the deal, but Washington withdrew from it in May last year and re-imposed sanctions on Iran, who is seeking to pressure Europe to offer it economic support despite US sanctions.

The participants said that they are striving to preserve the deal and underlined the importance of the full and effective implementation of the agreement by all sides. Mogherini said that she believes that every step Iran has taken is reversible.

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