TEHRAN (Press Shia) – The European Union, France, Germany and Britain said in a joint statement that they regretted the United States’ decision to impose new sanctions against Tehran and would seek to protect European companies doing legitimate business with Tehran.

“Our aim is to protect European economic actors who have legitimate commercial exchanges with Iran, in line with European legislation and the United Nations’ Security Council resolution 2231,” they said in a statement issued on Friday and reissued on Monday, Reuters reported.

The US government imposed a new round of sanctions on Iran on November 4.

On May 8, the US president pulled his country out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the nuclear deal that was achieved in Vienna in 2015 after years of negotiations among Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany).

The US had announced plans to drive Iran’s oil exports down to zero, but backed off from its policy and granted waivers to at least 8 countries that import Iranian oil.