European Union and Iran
The EU has imposed a number of economic sanctions on Iran against violations of international law by the country. In this way, they want to encourage government officials to change their behavior. The main part of the sanctions was imposed in cooperation with the UN, but the EU also applied its own sanctions against Iran for human rights violations.
UN and EU sanctions
Initially, four UN Security Council resolutions, issued almost every year from 2006 to 2010, entered into force. The sanctions defined in these documents were also implemented by the European Union through appropriate legislation. This means that Poland also participates in the application of these restrictions, among others, in foreign trade.
Talks between Iran and two groups of states are ongoing. The first one is called E3 and it includes the most important European countries: France, Germany and Great Britain. At the same time, the EU + 3 group, represented by the European Union, China, Russia and the United States, is negotiating. These talks are aimed at the gradual lifting of sanctions against Iran’s nuclear policy. At the same time, a guarantee is to be obtained that the Iranian nuclear program will be exclusively peaceful.
Based on the findings of both these groups, it was possible to implement a comprehensive action plan. As part of it, since 2015, exceptions to the applicable sanctions have been introduced, and some of them have already been lifted. All sanctions are to be lifted automatically eight years after the approval of the comprehensive action plan. So there is still some year left until the end of the UN resolutions related to the proliferation of nuclear weapons.