Heiko Maas: Germany can't protect its companies doing business in Iran
It won't be easy to protect German firms that continue business cooperation with Iran after the US has decided to introduce restrictive measures against the country, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Sunday, Sputnik reported.
"I don't see any simple solution to shield companies from all the risks of American sanctions," Maas told the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag.
Although France, Germany and the United Kingdom have reiterated their commitment to the JCPOA, their firms are still facing serious challenges, as they are likely to become a subject to Washington's sanctions once they come into force.
"The talks with the Europeans, Iran and the other signatories to the agreement are therefore also about how it can be possible to continue trade with Iran," Maas said.
The top diplomat also added that European partners are working to ensure that Iran would remain committed to the rules of the nuclear deal.