EU rebukes Iran over nuclear violations, sanctions possible

Britain, France and Germany have ramped up pressure on Iran for repeatedly violating a landmark nuclear pact.
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BRUSSELS (AP) Britain, France and Germany have ramped up pressure on Iran for repeatedly violating a landmark nuclear pact.

Leaders of the three nations on Tuesday launched the deal's “dispute mechanism,” triggering around 30 days of consultations.

They say in a statement that they've been “left with no choice, given Iran’s actions, but to register today our concerns that Iran is not meeting its commitments.''

Iran's Foreign Ministry warned of a "serious and strong response" to the European move.

The Europeans have not rejected the deal outright and the move does not mean that sanctions will automatically be imposed.