La­bor backs Bishop’s call for US to con­tinue Iran nu­clear deal sup­port

Iran Daily - - National -

Aus­tralia’s La­bor has backed For­eign Min­is­ter Julie Bishop’s urg­ings to the Don­ald Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion not to aban­don the Iran nu­clear deal as both sides of Aus­tralian pol­i­tics agree it could im­peril ne­go­ti­a­tions with North Korea.

“The great­est threat to re­gional sta­bil­ity and se­cu­rity right now is North Korea and La­bor shares the for­eign min­is­ter’s con­cerns that aban­don­ing the Iran deal (JCPOA) risks un­der­min­ing ef­forts to get North Korea to end its nu­clear pro­gram,’’ La­bor for­eign af­fairs spokes­woman Penny Wong said, The Aus­tralian re­ported.

La­bor, like much of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, sup­ported the Iran deal with reser­va­tions, she said.

“We are con­cerned that walk­ing away from the deal now would take us back­ward by erod­ing trust in the mul­ti­lat­eral sys­tem; and in­creas­ing nu­clear pro­lif­er­a­tion.’’

“La­bor has not seen any con­crete ev­i­dence to sug­gest that the deal is not pro­duc­ing re­sults, or that there is a bet­ter al­ter­na­tive,’’ Sen­a­tor Wong said.

Her com­ments came af­ter Bishop was re­ported on Sun­day as say­ing there was a “pow­er­ful ar­gu­ment” that US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s threat to scrap the Oba­maera Iran nu­clear deal could en­dan­ger at­tempts to ne­go­ti­ate a peace­ful out­come with North Korea.

In a state­ment to The Aus­tralian, Bishop said: Py­ongyang will use any ex­cuse to avoid sign­ing an agree­ment to cease de­vel­op­ing and giv­ing up its weapons pro­grams.

“If Us-ira­nian re­la­tions are sig­nif­i­cantly af­fected by con­gres­sional re­con­sid­er­a­tion of the JCPOA or of au­ton­o­mous US sanc­tions on Iran, Py­ongyang will have an in­cen­tive to toughen its view against de­nu­cle­ariza­tion talks in­volv­ing the US,’’ she said.


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