Keep­ing JCPOA in Place Vi­tal for EU

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BRUS­SELS (Dis­patches) - The Euro­pean Union has re­it­er­ated its strong and un­equiv­o­cal com­mit­ment to the full im­ple­men­ta­tion of the 2015 nu­clear agree­ment with Iran by all sides, say­ing pre­serv­ing the deal is vi­tal.

“The Eu­ro­peans have al­ways made it clear, the Euro­pean Union has al­ways made it clear that for us, keep­ing the agree­ment in place is vi­tal. It is a strate­gic in­ter­est for the Euro­pean Union and we will stick to it,” EU for­eign pol­icy chief, Fed­er­ica Mogherini, told re­porters on Mon­day ahead of the bloc’s For­eign Af­fairs Coun­cil meet­ing in Lux­em­bourg.

U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump is a stern critic of the nu­clear deal, of­fi­cially known as the Joint Com­pre­hen­sive Plan of Ac­tion (JCPOA), reached be­tween Iran and the five per­ma­nent mem­bers of the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil -- the United States, France, Bri­tain, China, Rus­sia - plus Ger­many. Un­der the agree­ment, nu­clear-re­lated sanc­tions put in place against Iran were lifted in ex­change for curbs on Tehran’s nu­clear pro­gram.

The U.S. pres­i­dent on Jan­uary 12 re­luc­tantly agreed to waive sanc­tions against Iran that were lifted as part of the land­mark deal, but threat­ened to with­draw from the ac­cord if some “dis­as­trous flaws” were not fixed.

Mogherini fur­ther pointed to the May 12 “dead­line” and said, “We are do­ing all we can to work with our Amer­i­can friends to make sure that all par­ties stay fully com­mit­ted to the full im­ple­men­ta­tion of the agree­ment, as it is the case so far.” She once again con­firmed Iran’s full com­pli­ance with its nu­clear com­mit­ments un­der the JCPOA, say­ing that the In­ter­na­tional Atomic En­ergy Agency (IAEA) has also ver­i­fied the coun­try’s ad­her­ence to the deal in 10 re­ports.

Since the JCPOA Im­ple­men­ta­tion Day in Jan­uary 2016, the IAEA has been mon­i­tor­ing Iran’s com­pli­ance with its nu­clear-re­lated com­mit­ments un­der the nu­clear deal and has con­sis­tently ver­i­fied the Is­lamic Repub­lic’s com­pli­ance.

Mogherini also em­pha­sized that pre­serv­ing the IAEA’s cred­i­bil­ity was “cru­cial” and said, “Work is on­go­ing and we be­lieve it would be es­sen­tial to stay united in this.”

She added that the EU did not fore­see any de­ci­sion to im­pose new sanc­tions against Iran on Mon­day. “As you know, we have al­ready sanc­tions in place on Iran; non-nu­clear re­lated. I do not ex­pect [EU for­eign] min­is­ters to take de­ci­sion on this to­day,” the EU for­eign pol­icy chief said.

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