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The 16th of January marks the first anniversary of the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), agreed between the European Union, China, Germany, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States, and Iran. One year after the beginning of the implementation period, it is clear that the JCPOA is working for all.
In the course of this year, JCPOA participants have powerfully demonstrated their full commitment to respect and implement the deal. The seriousness with which they have done so sends a reassuring signal to the international community of Iran's adherence to a civilian nuclear programme exclusively for peaceful purposes. It also conveys an important and encouraging message to the Iranian government and people.
Iran has delivered on its nuclear related commitments as confirmed by the four reports issued by the International Atomic Energy Agency. This is now a key pillar of a strengthened international non-proliferation agenda. For their part, the UN, EU and US have lifted their nuclear-related economic sanctions as promised in the Agreement. As a result there has been a surge in bilateral trade and investment with Iran, contributing to better living prospects for the benefit of all.The full and effective implementation throughout the entire lifetime of the JCPOA remains essential. As coordinator of the work of the Joint Commission, through the High Representative's role, the EU has clearly affirmed its resolute commitment to this objective. The rigorous implementation of commitments by all sides is the best way to continue to build trust, to strengthen the JCPOA and to overcome the hurdles that are part of all comprehensive and far-reaching deals.
The JCPOA is a multilateral endeavour, achieved through diplomatic means and endorsed by a United Nations Security Council resolution. It was born out of the efforts of the E3/EU+3 and Iran, but it now belongs to the entire international community. The JCPOA provides benefits for all and creates opportunities for improved regional cooperation that should be seized by all.
The EU will continue to work hand in hand with all those willing to contribute to its full implementation and in achieving the objectives which brought us together.