Tuesday, May 8, 2018

EU regrets US decision, remains committed to JCPOA

High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini
High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini expressed regret on Tuesday over US decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal saying the European Union is to comply with the full implementation of the deal.

“The European Union regrets today's statement by the President of the United States on the nuclear deal with Iran [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, JCPOA]. Should the US reconsider this position,” she said minutes after the US President Donald Trump announced his unilateral decision.

“As long as Iran continues to implement its nuclear related commitments, as it is doing so far, the EU will remain committed to the continued full and effective implementation of the nuclear deal. We fully trust the work, competence and autonomy of the International Atomic Energy Agency that has published 10 reports certifying that Iran has fully complied with its commitments,” The European External Action Service (EEAS) quoted Mogherini as saying in reaction to the statement by the US president regarding the Iran nuclear deal.

US President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that Washington would pull out of Iran nuclear deal and reinstate nuclear sanctions on Iran.

This is while most world powers including Russia, China, and European Union have repeatedly stressed that keeping the deal is in the interest of world peace and security.

“As we have always said, the nuclear deal is not a bilateral agreement and it is not in the hands of any single country to terminate it unilaterally,” Mogherini added.

“It has been unanimously endorsed by UN Security Council Resolution 2231. It is a key element of the global nuclear non-proliferation architecture, it is relevant in itself, but even more so in these times of encouraging signals on the perspective of the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula,” the EU's top diplomat said.

“The nuclear deal with Iran is crucial for the security of the region, of Europe and of the entire world.'

“The lifting of nuclear related sanctions is an essential part of the agreement. The EU has repeatedly stressed that the lifting of nuclear related sanctions has a positive impact on trade and economic relations with Iran, including crucial benefits for the Iranian people. The EU is fully committed to ensuring that this continues to be delivered on.”

'I am particularly worried by the announcement of new sanctions. I will consult with all our partners in the coming hours and days to assess their implications. The EU is determined to act in accordance with its security interests and to protect its economic investments.'

1 comment :

  1. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Tehran is ready to resume its nuclear work after holding talks with European, Russian and Chinese parties to the 2015 deal, and asserted that the country will remain in the deal despite Washington's withdrawal.

    Speaking live on Iranian state television immediately after the U.S.' announcement, Rouhani called Trump's decision to pull out of the nuclear deal an act of "psychological warfare" against Tehran.

    He also said there is a "short time" to negotiate with the countries remaining in the nuclear deal, and warned his country could start enriching uranium more than ever in the coming weeks.

    "I have ordered Iran's atomic organization that whenever it is needed, we will start enriching uranium more than before," adding that Iran would start this "in the next weeks," he said.

    He also said he will be sending Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to countries remaining in the accord.


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