Euro­pean Par­lia­ment wel­comes re­moval of Iran sanc­tions

Iran Daily - - National -

The Euro­pean Par­lia­ment (EP) “wel­comes and sup­ports” the re­moval of sanc­tions against Iran un­der the 2015 nu­clear ac­cord, says a se­nior mem­ber of the EU’S leg­isla­tive body vis­it­ing Tehran.

Chair­man of the EP’S For­eign Af­fairs Com­mit­tee David Mcal­lis­ter, who is in Tehran at the head of a Euro­pean par­lia­men­tary del­e­ga­tion, made the com­ments in a meet­ing on Wed­nes­day with Alaed­din Borou­jerdi, head of the Ira­nian Par­lia­ment’s Com­mit­tee on Na­tional Se­cu­rity and For­eign Pol­icy, Press TV re­ported.

Mcal­lis­ter con­veyed both the EP and the Euro­pean Union’s all-out sup­port for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the nu­clear agree­ment, known of­fi­cially as the Joint Com­pre­hen­sive Plan of Ac­tion (JCPOA).

Europe, he said, con­sid­ers the JCPOA to be a use­ful doc­u­ment which pro­motes in­ter­na­tional peace and sta­bil­ity, and sup­ports its full im­ple­men­ta­tion by all sig­na­to­ries.

While try­ing to en­hance com­mon un­der­stand­ing, he said, the MEPS have trav­eled to Tehran for con­sul­ta­tions with Ira­nian of­fi­cials about is­sues of com­mon in­ter­est as well as re­gional and in­ter­na­tional chal­lenges, he said.

Borou­jerdi, in turn, hailed Europe’s sup­port for the nu­clear agree­ment, ex­press­ing hope that its con­tin­ued im­ple­men­ta­tion ush­ers in fur­ther de­vel­op­ment in mu­tual re­la­tions, es­pe­cially in com­mer­cial and eco­nomic ar­eas.

The se­nior Ira­nian law­maker pointed to US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s stonewalling at­tempts tar­get­ing the deal, and said if Wash­ing­ton vi­o­lated the ac­cord’s pro­vi­sions, Tehran would, in turn, act “based on its own in­ter­ests.”

“The US and other par­ties to the doc­u­ment should un­der­stand that the JCPOA is not rene­go­tiable un­der any cir­cum­stances,” Borou­jerdi as­serted.

The Euro­pean del­e­ga­tion’s visit was a re­sponse to one by Borou­jerdi to Brus­sels on Jan­uary 24, when he met with Mcal­lis­ter and other of­fi­cials.

The agree­ment, reached be­tween Iran and the P5+1 coun­tries – the US, the UK, France, China, Rus­sia and Ger­many – put limitations on parts of Iran’s nu­clear pro­gram in ex­change for re­mov­ing all nu­clear-re­lated sanc­tions.

Over the past year, Trump has been try­ing to weaken the agree­ment in nu­mer­ous ways, in­clud­ing by ad­vis­ing Europe not to re­sume its POST-JCPOA eco­nomic trans­ac­tions with Iran as well as threat­en­ing to “tear up” the deal and rein­tro­duce nu­clear-re­lated bans against the Is­lamic Repub­lic.

In Jan­uary, he ex­tended waivers of eco­nomic sanc­tions on Iran for an­other 120 days but said he was do­ing so “for the last time.”

Wash­ing­ton has also been seek­ing to lobby the Euro­pean sig­na­to­ries to de­velop a “side agree­ment” to the Iran deal.


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