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Europeans eschew Iran dispute mechanism

European states involved in the 2015 Iran nuclear accord do not intend to trigger a dispute resolution mechanism that could reimpose UN sanctions.

Britain, France and Germany will not for the moment trigger a dispute resolution mechanism enshrined in the 2015 Iran nuclear accord that could lead to the reimposition of UN sanctions, two European diplomats say.

Iran's announcement on Monday that it had amassed more low-enriched uranium than permitted was confirmed by UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

"Not for now. We want to defuse the crisis," one European diplomat said.

The second diplomat said the three powers would focus on bringing Iran back into compliance and they wanted to gain time for dialogue.

French President Emmanuel Macron earlier on Tuesday urged Iran to rapidly reverse its first major breach of the nuclear pact, but said he would work in the coming days on ensuring Iran complied with the deal.

His statement came after discussing the latest developments with US President Donald Trump in a call on Monday night.

"On the basis of the IAEA report, we want the question of exceeding the limits to be looked at in the framework of the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) procedures," a French diplomatic source said.

"In the immediate term, Iran must return to its obligations. There is room for dialogue."

One of the diplomats said a planned ministerial meeting of three European powers, Russia, China and Iran to discuss the current crisis was imperative to discuss the next steps on all sides.

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