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European parties to JCPOA launch a new payment channel with Iran

The European parties to the 2015 Iran deal formally announce the launch of a long-awaited direct payment mechanism meant to safeguard their trade ties with Tehran in the face of the “toughest ever” American sanctions.

Following months-long preparations, foreign ministers of France, Germany and Britain finally unveiled the mechanism — officially called the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX) — on Thursday following a summit in Bucharest.

“France, Germany and the United Kingdom, in accordance with their resolute commitment and continued efforts to preserve the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) endorsed by United Nations Security Council resolution 2231, announce the creation of INSTEX SAS (Instrument for Supporting Trade Exchanges), a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) aimed at facilitating legitimate trade between European economic operators and Iran,” the three foreign ministers said in a joint statement,” they said in a joint statement.

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