EU Urged to Push U.S. For JCPOA Com­mit­ment

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TEHRAN - Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani called on the Euro­pean Union to re­main fully com­mit­ted to the Joint Com­pre­hen­sive Plan of Ac­tion (JCPOA) and also com­pel the US to live up to its com­mit­ments un­der the nu­clear agree­ment by send­ing a “decisive mes­sage.”

“We ex­pect the Euro­pean Union, firstly, to carry out the JCPOA deal com­pletely, and sec­ondly, to press the U.S. to honor its com­mit­ments un­der the JCPOA,” Pres­i­dent Rouhani said on Satur­day, stress­ing that Wash­ing­ton should be given a decisive mes­sage.

He made the com­ments in a meet­ing with Pres­i­dent of the Bel­gian Cham­ber of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Siegfried Bracke, here in Tehran.

He also re­ferred to the IAEA as the only en­tity that is au­tho­rized to ver­ify Iran’s com­pli­ance with the nu­clear agree­ment, in an ap­par­ent re­ac­tion to the U.S. pres­i­dent who has re­peat­edly ac­cused Iran of vi­o­lat­ing the spirit of the JCPOA. Else­where in his com­ments, Pres­i­dent Rouhani voiced his ad­min­is­tra­tion’s re­solve to broaden ties with the EU, hop­ing that friendly coun­tries, in­clud­ing Bel­gium, would par­tic­i­pate more ac­tively in the eco­nomic and trade in­ter­ac­tion with Iran.

The Ira­nian pres­i­dent fur­ther touched upon re­gional is­sues and ter­ror­ism, adding “ter­ror­ist at­tacks on Tehran and Brus­sels show that the two coun­tries have a com­mon en­emy and need to have closer co­op­er­a­tion with one another in com­bat­ing ter­ror­ism.” Bracke, for his part, said Bel­gium is de­ter­mined to ex­pand re­la­tions with Iran.

High­light­ing the sig­nif­i­cance that Bel­gium and the EU at­tach to the JCPOA, the Bel­gian of­fi­cial said the Euro­pean Union would do its ut­most to ful­fil the JCPOA un­der­tak­ings.

Siegfried Bracke fur­ther un­der­scored Iran’s im­por­tant role in the po­lit­i­cal and strate­gic are­nas in the re­gion, adding “co­op­er­a­tion with the Is­lamic Repub­lic of Iran in this field will ben­e­fit all coun­tries com­bat­ing ter­ror­ism. Brus­sels, as a vic­tim of ter­ror­ism it­self, is de­ter­mined to have a closer co­op­er­a­tion with Tehran in this re­gard.”

Iran and the six pow­ers reached a con­clu­sion over the text of the nu­clear deal in July 2015 and im­ple­mented it in Jan­uary 2016.

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