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EU 28 committed to full and effective implementation of Iran deal

16/10/2017 - 16:45
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All 28 EU member states stand united behind the Iran deal, which has been effective in limiting the country's nuclear programme.

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The European Union is committed to the continued full and effective implementation of all parts of the Iran nuclear deal. The Foreign ministers of the 28 EU member states reaffirmed the unanimous support to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in a statement agreed during the monthly Foreign Affairs Council and read in front of the press by EU High Representative Federica Mogherini. 

In the statement, the EU also underlined that the lifting of nuclear related sanctions has had a positive impact on trade and economic relations with Iran including benefits for the Iranian people. The deal "strengthens cooperation and allows for continuous dialogue with Iran," confirmed the statement.

While the EU expressed "its concerns related to ballistic missiles and increasing tensions in the region," the bloc reiterated "the need to address them outside the JCPOA, in the relevant formats and fora." "The EU stands ready to actively promote and support initiatives to ensure a more stable, peaceful and secure regional environment," confirmed the EU High Representative.

Speaking to the press, Mogherini announced that she will visit Washington at the beginning of November to talk about the Iran Deal with her counterparts. "The European Union considers President Trump's decision not to certify Iran's compliance with the Joint Comprehensive plan of action (JCPOA) as being in the context of an internal US process. The EU encourages the US to maintain its commitment to the JCPOA and to consider the implications for the security of the US, its partners and the region before taking further steps," reads the EU statement.

Arriving at the Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg, Mogherini said she spoke to the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano who assured her that Iran has complied with every provision contained in the deal and given full access to the agency's inspectors. The IAEA has verified 8 times to date that Iran is implementing all its nuclear-related commitments following a comprehensive and strict monitoring system. "It is an agreement that is working, it is an agreement that we need for our security," the High Representative said.

The deal, Mogherini said at a press conference last Friday, is “robust” and “provides guarantees and a strong monitoring mechanism that Iran nuclear programme is and will remain exclusively for civilian purposes only". It’s not, she stressed, “a bilateral agreement, it does not belong to any single country and it is not up to any single country to terminate it."

The European Union, “together with the rest of the international community, is committed to preserve it, to the benefit of all, including the Iranian people", she said.