'Britain's Royal Mail has confirmed suspending mail delivery services to recipient addresses in Iran, citing Washington’s sanctions against the country.
The mail service said that services had already been suspended for the last two weeks and that any remaining parcel in Britain would be returned to the original sender.
Following the announcement, Iran’s ambassador to the United Kingdom Hamid Baeidinejad said that the matter had been followed up with related British authorities, adding that a letter of protest had been sent to the UK’s Foreign Office.
He said that British authorities had promised to resolve the issue as soon as possible, requesting that they be given “until Monday” to address the problem.
Baeidinejad also said that UK authorities “were shocked” by the Royal Mail announcement.
The Iranian ambassador further stated that his mission in London itself would envision a channel to deliver parcels to Iran free of charge given that the problem persisted beyond the Monday deadline.
The suspension of mail delivery to Iran was allegedly done on the pretext of US sanctions targeting Iran.
The United States President Donald Trump withdrew Washington from the landmark Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement last May and renewed sanctions lifted under the agreement.
Iran has not left the deal despite Washington's measures, stressing that the remaining signatories to the agreement have to work to offset the negative impacts of the US pullout for Iran if they want Tehran to remain committed.
Consequently, remaining European signatories unveiled a mechanism, known as the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX), earlier this year to guarantee continued trade after spending months of discussion.'
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