G7 leaders pledged Saturday to ensure Iran’s nuclear program remains peaceful in a joint statement between the US and European allies angered by Donald Trump’s pullout from an internationally-agreed accord.
“We are committed to permanently ensuring that Iran’s nuclear program remains peaceful, in line with its international obligations and commitments to never seek, develop or acquire a nuclear weapon” the leaders said at the end of a two-day summit in Canada.
“We condemn all financial support of terrorism including terrorist groups sponsored by Iran. We also call upon Iran to play a constructive role by contributing to efforts to counter terrorism and achieve political solutions, reconciliation and peace in the region,” the statement added.
The G7 group includes European heavyweights such as Germany, France and Britain who -- along with the US -- were all signatories to the 2015 nuclear accord which allowed for the lifting of sanctions on Iran.
US President Donald Trump said on Saturday that his fellow G7 leaders had expressed their commitment to containing Iran’s “nuclear ambitions” at their summit in Canada.
“G7 nations remain committed to controlling Iran’s nuclear ambitions,” said Trump, who has angered European leaders by pulling out of an internationally-negotiated nuclear accord.
The US move to reimpose sanctions on Iran -- lifted under the accord that aims to ensure Tehran will not develop a nuclear bomb -- has already seen many European investors who returned to the country start to wind down operations.