Delegation of the European Union 
to the United States
 

Statement by the High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) implementation

Bruxelles, 13/10/2017 - 20:07, UNIQUE ID: 171013_11
Statements by the HR/VP

More than two years ago, the entire international community welcomed the result of 12 years of intense negotiations on the Iranian nuclear programme: the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). It is not a bilateral agreement, it doesn’t belong to any single country and it is not up to any single country to terminate it. It is a multilateral agreement which was unanimously endorsed by the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231. It is a robust deal that provides guarantees and strong monitoring mechanism that Iran's nuclear programme is and will remain exclusively for civilian purposes only.

We cannot afford to dismantle a nuclear agreement that is working and delivering. Especially now. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has verified eight times that Iran is implementing all its nuclear-related commitments, following a comprehensive and strict monitoring system. There have been no violations of any of the commitments included in the agreement. The scope of the agreement relates to the nuclear programme and is being fulfilled. The deal has prevented and continues to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

The JCPOA represents a key pillar of the international non-proliferation architecture that is even more important to preserve at a time of acute nuclear threat. We have a collective responsibility to preserve it for our own collective security.

The US domestic process - and I underline domestic - following today's announcement of President Trump, is now in the hands of the US Congress. The JCPOA is not a domestic issue, but a UN Security Council Resolution.

The EU continues to fully support the Iran nuclear deal, and its full and strict implementation by all parties. The EU is committed to continue to preserve it, to the benefit of all, including the Iranian people.

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