EU reiterated to preserve JCPOA deal


Brussels, May 16, (TNS): European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini terming the Tuesday night meeting of the foreign ministers of Iran, UK, Germany, and France on Iran Deal as positive noted has said ‘we are determined to preserve the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) deal’.

‘I just met with the Foreign Ministers of France (Jean-Yves Le Drian), Germany (Heiko Maas), the United Kingdom (Boris Johnson) and of the Islamic Republic of Iran (Mohammad Javad Zarif), in two separate meetings, to discuss our common lines and the work ahead of us, following the announcement made by the United States of its withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Iran nuclear deal,’ IRNA quoted.

‘We recalled our commitment to the continued, full and effective implementation of the Iran nuclear deal that was unanimously endorsed by the UN Security Council Resolution 2231, as a key element of the global nuclear non-proliferation architecture and a significant diplomatic achievement.

‘We, together, regretted the withdrawal of the United States from the Iran nuclear deal and we recognized that the lifting of nuclear-related sanctions and the normalization of trade and economic relations with Iran constitute essential parts of the agreement,’ Mogherini said.

The EU foreign policy chief also said ‘We reaffirmed together our resolve to continue to implement the nuclear deal in all its parts, in good faith, and in a constructive atmosphere, and we agreed to continue to consult intensively at all levels and also with other remaining participants of the Joint Commission to the JCPOA.

‘We will also hold a Joint Commission meeting in Vienna next week at the level of Deputy Foreign Ministers or Political Directors – which is the usual level at which the Joint Commission meets – and obviously in the coming days we will continue to work along these lines following the good exchanges we had today (Wednesday).

‘We also decided that EU Member States – starting with the E3 but also the other Member States – will work on complementary mechanisms and measures, not only so as to go at the European Union level but also at the national level to, in particular, protect the economic operators of the EU Member States.

‘Let me stress that the implementation of the JCPOA is also on the agenda of our next Foreign Affairs Council in some 10 days from now [on 28 May 2018]. So the Foreign Ministers of all the 28 Member States will have the possibility of working together on common work along these and similar lines’, she added.