Australia is disappointed that the United States has announced its withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that places restrictions and limits on Iran’s nuclear program.

In particular, the JCPOA requires “that under no circumstances will Iran ever seek, develop or acquire any nuclear weapons”.

The Australian Government has consistently said that the JCPOA should remain in force until such time that an alternative agreement can be negotiated.

While the US decision creates uncertainty for the future of the JCPOA, we strongly encourage Iran to continue to abide by its provisions.

Australia shares, with members of the international community, concerns about elements of Iran’s behaviour in the Middle East and urges all parties in the region to refrain from conduct which contributes to instability or conflict.

The United States has also announced that it will impose new sanctions on Iran and any affected Australian businesses should seek legal advice to ensure they comply with all sanctions.

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