The European parties to the 2015 nuclear deal have finalized a much-awaited transactions channel with Iran aimed at protecting trade ties with Tehran against American sanctions, German media say.
German public broadcaster NDR reported on Thursday that Germany, France and Britain had registered the mechanism, which will be named the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX).
The payment channel, the report said, would be based in the French capital, Paris, and managed by a German banking expert.
INSTEX is initially intended to be used for selling food, medicine and medical devices to Iran, but it could also be expanded in the future.
“It (the payment channel) won’t change things dramatically, but it’s an important political message to Iran to show that we are determined to save the JCPOA and also the United States to show we defend our interests despite their extraterritorial sanctions,” a European diplomat was quoted as saying by Reuters.
The diplomat was using an acronym for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the official name of the nuclear accord.
The three countries are set to issue a joint communiqué launching the project, which will later be endorsed by all 28 European Union member states.
The announcement may come on the sidelines of a meeting of EU foreign ministers in the Romanian capital, Bucharest, later on Thursday.