EU pressures Iran on atom deal in last-ditch bid to save it

A cleric walks on the U.S. and British flags while leaving a gathering to commemorate the late Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in Iraq in a U.S. drone attack on Jan. 3, and victims of the Ukrainian plane that was mistakenly downed by the Revolutionary Guard last Wednesday, at the Tehran University campus in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. M (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Britain, France and Germany are increasing pressure on Iran to stop violating its landmark nuclear deal. It’s a last-ditch effort to resolve differences through talks while also starting a process that could bring back punishing U.N. sanctions. The three nations are launching the deal’s “dispute mechanism,” which could lead to a snapback of sanctions if no resolution is reached. The deal has been on life support since President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out unilaterally in 2018. Iran has slowly been increasing its violations of the deal to pressure the Europeans, as well as Russia and China, to provide more economic incentives to offset Washington’s sanctions.