EU3 says wants Iran deal to live on

Tehran Times - - POLITICS -

TEHRAN — For­eign min­is­ters of the three Euro­pean par­ties to the Joint Com­pre­hen­sive Plan of Ac­tion (JCPOA) have em­pha­sized the ne­ces­sity to save the Iran nu­clear agree­ment.

In a meet­ing be­fore a gath­er­ing of the EU For­eign Af­fairs Coun­cil sum­mit in Brus­sels on Mon­day, the top diplo­mats from Ger­many, Bri­tain and France dis­cussed the im­por­tance of pro­tect­ing the nu­clear deal, the Ger­man mis­sion to the Euro­pean Union said Mon­day.

Later, Sig­mar Gabriel, the fed­eral min­is­ter for for­eign af­fairs of Ger­many, said in com­ments at the FAC meet­ing that Ber­lin needs to work in close co­op­er­a­tion with its al­lies re­gard­ing the JCPOA.

“Europe wants to up­hold the agree­ment,” Gabriel said, adding he was go­ing with his Bri­tish and French col­leagues, as well as Fed­er­ica Mogherini, the EU’s for­eign pol­icy chief, to “dis­cuss on how to en­gage in di­a­logue with the United States in or­der to main­tain the agree­ment.”

The For­eign Af­fairs Coun­cil, made up of EU mem­ber state min­is­ters re­spon­si­ble for for­eign af­fairs, de­fense and de­vel­op­ment, con­vened on Mon­day for talks on var­i­ous top­ics, such as the EU-Africa re­la­tions.

The EU has been at odds with U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump who has re­peat­edly de­scribed the JCPOA as a dis­as­ter and ac­cused Iran of vi­o­lat­ing the deal.

The EU, Iran, Rus­sia and China main­tain that the JCPOA is a mul­ti­lat­eral and non-rene­go­tiable pact that could not be scrapped uni­lat­er­ally.

The 159-page nu­clear ac­cord clinched in July 2015 went into force in Jan­uary 2016.

Un­der the deal Iran is obliged to put lim­its on its nu­clear ac­tiv­i­ties in ex­change for ter­mi­na­tion of eco­nomic and fi­nan­cial sanc­tions.

The In­ter­na­tional Atomic En­ergy Agency (IAEA) has ver­i­fied Iran’s com­pli­ance with the JCPOA in all of its re­ports af­ter im­ple­men­ta­tion of the deal.

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