Previously, Tehran, suffering under unilateral American sanctions, threatened to withdraw from the nuclear deal signed in 2015 if European countries don’t get their INSTEX trading mechanism working and thereby re-enable trade with Iran.
US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell has taken to Twitter to express criticism against the recent decision by Finland, Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden to join the EU’s INSTEX trading mechanism, allowing countries to circumvent US sanctions against Iran. Grenell argued that it was “terrible timing” on these countries’ part to make such a decision, referring to unfounded US allegations that Iran has been brutally supressing its recent fuel protests.
The ambassador went even further in his criticism of European politics by proposing that the US Treasury put all visitors of the recent Europe-Iran Forum, including think tanks, businesses, and officials, on the American sanctions list for their willingness to work with the Islamic Republic.
Grenell didn’t elaborate on why he concluded that “all these people and groups” visiting the forum engaged in trade with sanctioned Iranian entities – the sole reason for them to end up on the Treasury’s list, according to US laws, and were not just exploring the possibilities of doing business with Tehran.
The decision of the six European states to join the UK, France, and Germany is a major development for the INSTEX trading mechanism,…