European Union External Action

Iran nuclear deal is working and EU will ensure it stands

21/09/2017 - 14:19

The Iran nuclear deal is being fully implemented and should be preserved, said EU High Representative Mogherini in her capacity as Chair of the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Iran is fully complying with the terms of the international agreement on its nuclear programme, said EU High Representative Federica Mogherini on 20 September following a meeting of the Foreign Ministers of China and the Russian Federation, the United States, France, Germany, the UK and Iran (the so-called E3/EU + 3 and Iran). Given current international challenges, including the nuclear threat from North Korea, there was a shared sense among the ministers that "the international community cannot afford dismantling an agreement that is working and delivering", Mogherini added. The EU, the High Representative said, is fully committed to the agreement: "As Europeans, we will make sure the agreement stays."

"It has been a frank, open, and in-depth discussion during which we have agreed on the fact that all sides are implementing - so far - fully the agreement." Iran's delivery on its commitments "has been certified by the International Atomic Energy Agency eight times," said the High Representative. "The last time we received a report from the IAEA was just 10 days ago. And this was not under discussion. All agreed on this: No violations. And my sincere hope is that this is going to continue to be the case," Mogherini added.

The High Representative, who chairs the Joint Commission overseeing the implementation of the agreement, stressed that the scope of the nuclear deal is related to the nuclear programme of Iran and that "other issues that are out of the scope of the agreements might be tackled in different formats, in different fora". This included, Mogherini noted, the United States' review on its Iranian policy. 

The deal, Mogherini highlighted, is not a bilateral agreement or even an agreement between the present parties but belongs to the international community: "This is a UN Security Council Resolution with an annex," Mogherini pointed out.