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We just had a ministerial meeting on the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and I will read to you the joint ministerial statement.
A Ministerial meeting of the E3/EU+2 (China, France, Germany, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom) and Iran, took place on 25 September 2019 in New York to discuss the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The meeting was chaired by EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, on behalf of the EU.
Participants recalled that the JCPOA, as endorsed by UN Security Council resolution 2231(2015), remains a key element of the global nuclear non-proliferation architecture and a significant achievement of multilateral diplomacy. They underlined the importance of the full and effective implementation of the JCPOA by all sides and confirmed their determination to continue all efforts to preserve the agreement, which is in the interests of all.
Q. Do you believe, after the efforts made this week, that we are closer to a meeting and some talks between Iran and the United States? Despite what that statement says, with every two months Iran moving further away from the accord, do you believe that Iran is close to abandoning the deal?
I will not comment on the possibility of meetings that are not part – at the moment – of the JCPOA framework. I am here to brief you in my role as facilitator of the agreement and negotiations first, and now as the guarantor of the implementation of the agreement.
What I can say is that we all welcome the efforts that have been made to open channels of dialogue and that it is extremely clear that anything that is based on the full respect of the JCPOA, and that can built on it, is very much welcomed. But clearly this is another framework.
We will continue to work together with the unity of purpose to try and preserve it, without ignoring the challenges. As you know, the agreement has two pillars, the nuclear commitment and the economic side that is linked to the sanctions lifting. On both elements, there is full determination to try and preserve the agreement. On both elements there are challenges, and there is a will to try and preserve the deal.
I will not hide that it is increasingly difficult to do it and we have discussed today the fact that we will try and continue keeping the agreement in place and overcome the difficulties we are facing.
What I believe is that every step that has been taken so far by Iran – and I underline so far – is reversible. We have constantly called upon Iran to reverse these decisions and go back to full compliance which has been the case until recently. Because this is in the interests of all. Let me add that this is in the security interests of all of us and is also in the economic interest of Iran.
I hope that rationality will prevail and that this meeting today will contribute to preserving the agreement also in the future.
I thank you very much.