TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) -As the United States is preparing to restore sanctions against Iran, Europe says it would act to protect its companies that do business with Iran against Washington’s potential punitive measures.
The announcement – which could be a strong expression of defiance against the hostile agenda of US President Donald Trump against Tehran – was made by the European Commission.
The Commission announced in a statement that it would activate an EU law that would shield European companies that have business ties with Iran from US sanctions on Tuesday (August 7).
The law or the so-called blocking statute would comprise a set of protective measures and would be the most powerful tool at EU’s immediate disposal because it would ban any European company from complying with US sanctions and would not recognize any court rulings that would enforce American penalties, according to media reports.
Europe had previously voiced opposition against restoring sanctions against Iran arguing that the Islamic Republic should not be punished as it is has been so far doing its share of the 2015 nuclear deal that had led to the removal of the sanctions.