June 4, 2018 / 4:11 PM / 10 months ago

France's PSA begins to suspend its joint ventures in Iran

PARIS, June 4 (Reuters) - PSA Group has begun to suspend its joint venture activities in Iran, the French carmaker said on Monday, following the withdrawal of the United States from a nuclear pact signed with the country.

European signatories are scrambling to save the accord, which they see as crucial to forestalling an Iranian nuclear weapon, by protecting trade with Iran against the reimposition of U.S. sanctions to dissuade Tehran from quitting the deal.

“The group has begun to suspend its joint venture activities, in order to comply with U.S. law by Aug. 6,” PSA said in a statement.

“With the support of the French government, the Groupe PSA is engaging with the U.S. authorities to consider a waiver.”

The suspensions of its joint ventures do not alter PSA’s current financial guidance, the group said, adding that its Iranian activities accounted for less than 1 percent of revenue.

Major French companies operating in Iran include PSA, known for its Peugeot and Citroen brands, and its rival Renault .

Reporting by Mathieu Rosemain, Editing by Sarah White

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