Britain’s Royal Mail Suspends Mail Delivery Services To Iran

The British government says it is shocked by the Royal Mail’s decision to suspend its mail delivery services to addresses in Iran

The Royal Mail cited Washington’s sanctions against the country as their reason for the suspension, confirming that services had been stopped for the last two weeks with any remaining parcel in Britain being returned to the original senders.

Press TV reports: 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.

The Europeans, however, ultimately presented INSTEX with preconditions which require Iran to join the FATF (the Financial Action Task Force) and start negotiations on its missile program, prompting senior Iranian officials to object to the plan.

Speaking earlier this week, US Representative to the European Union Gordon Sondlant described the Eurpean INSTEX plan as “nothing but a paper tiger.”

“The SPVs are Europe’s attempt to appease Iran by showing that they are still trying their very best to facilitate proper transfers of payments to Iran. We believe that those SPVs are really nothing more than, and I’ve said it before, a paper tiger,” he stressed.

European powers have, however, claimed to be committed to keeping the JCPOA alive.