Eu­rope Not to Al­low U.S. to De­ter­mine Trade Re­la­tions With Iran

Iran News - - ایران نیوز -

BRUS­SELS (Dis­patches) - The High Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Euro­pean Union for For­eign Af­fairs and Se­cu­rity Pol­icy, Fed­er­ica Mogherini, says the United States can­not im­pose its poli­cies on the 28-na­tion bloc’s “le­git­i­mate trade” re­la­tions with Iran.

“We Euro­peans can­not ac­cept that a for­eign power – even our clos­est friend and ally – makes de­ci­sions over our le­git­i­mate trade with an­other coun­try,” Mogherini said in an in­ter­view with the Euro­pean Coun­cil on For­eign Re­la­tions pub­lished on Fri­day.

She added that the EU is work­ing with the rest of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to keep alive the land­mark nu­clear agree­ment, of­fi­cially known as the Joint Com­pre­hen­sive Plan of Ac­tion (JCPOA), de­spite the US uni­lat­eral move to pull out from the deal. The Iran nu­clear deal “has so far been im­ple­mented in full, as cer­ti­fied by the In­ter­na­tional Atomic En­ergy Agency in 13 con­sec­u­tive re­ports,” she said. U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump with­drew his coun­try in May from the his­toric Iran nu­clear deal and de­cided to re-im­pose uni­lat­eral sanc­tions against Tehran.

Un­der the deal, reached be­tween Iran and six ma­jor pow­ers - the United States, Bri­tain, France, Ger­many, Rus­sia and China - Tehran agreed to put lim­its on its nu­clear pro­gram in ex­change for the re­moval of nu­clear-re­lated sanc­tions.

Mogherini fur­ther re­jected claims that Eu­rope is mo­ti­vated mainly by eco­nomic or trade con­sid­er­a­tions and said all ef­forts by the EU to pre­serve the JCPOA have been made “be­cause of our col­lec­tive se­cu­rity.”

“That is not the case: we do this to pre­vent a nu­clear non-pro­lif­er­a­tion agree­ment that is work­ing from be­ing dis­man­tled, and to pre­vent a ma­jor se­cu­rity cri­sis in the Mid­dle East,” the se­nior EU of­fi­cial pointed out.

She em­pha­sized that the EU should guar­an­tee that firms seek­ing to do le­git­i­mate busi­ness with Iran are al­lowed to do so. “This is what we are work­ing on right now: tools that will as­sist, pro­tect, and re­as­sure eco­nomic ac­tors pur­su­ing le­git­i­mate busi­ness with Iran. It is true that this sit­u­a­tion has trig­gered a con­ver­sa­tion on Euro­pean eco­nomic sovereignty,” Mogherini said.

Iran and the 28-na­tion Euro­pean Union have been dis­cussing var­i­ous ways to con­tinue do­ing busi­ness with Iran and by­pass U.S. sanc­tions.

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