Keep­ing nu­clear deal in place vi­tal for EU

Tehran Times - - FRONT PAGE -

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 for the EU.

“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.

Mogherini fur­ther 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 has also ver­i­fied the coun­try’s ad­her­ence to the deal in 10 re­ports.

In a speech to a quar­terly meet­ing of the IAEA’s Board of Gover­nors in Vienna in March, IAEA chief Yukiya Amano, once again con­firmed Iran’s com­pli­ance with the 2015 nu­clear agree­ment, warn­ing that any col­lapse of the deal would be a “great loss.”

“As of to­day, I can state that Iran is im­ple­ment­ing its nu­clear-re­lated com­mit­ments…If the JCPOA were to fail, it would be a great loss for nu­clear ver­i­fi­ca­tion and for mul­ti­lat­er­al­ism,” Amano added.

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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