Dubai/Paris — Iran said on Thursday that three European states had succumbed to “high school bully” US President Donald Trump when they triggered a dispute mechanism in a nuclear pact he opposes, a step that could eventually lead to re-imposing UN sanctions.

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was agreed in 2015 between Tehran and world powers, offering Iran sanctions relief if it curbed its nuclear work. Trump withdrew from the deal in 2018 and re-imposed US sanctions, saying he wanted a tougher deal...

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