News ID: 200947
Published: 0156 GMT September 20, 2017

Mogherini reiterates EU’s support for Iran nuclear deal

Mogherini reiterates EU’s support for Iran nuclear deal

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini have discussed issues of mutual interests, particularly the nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, in a meeting in New York.

In their Wednesday talks held on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, Zarif and Mogherini conferred on the latest developments regarding the implementation of the nuclear deal, reported.

During the meeting, Mogherini once again underlined the EU’s support for and commitment to the deal, known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The meeting came as the foreign ministers of Iran and the P5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France, and Germany) are due to hold a meeting in New York on the nuclear deal and its implementation.

This could be the first meeting between Zarif and his American counterpart Rex Tillerson.

In a statement to NBC News on tuesday, Mogerini said that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is a "good" and "robust" agreement.

"The Iran deal is a good and robust agreement that serves the interests of all parties," she said.

Commenting on the possible US withdrawal from the nuclear deal, she said the agreement was not signed with one country.

She recalled that the nuclear deal's achievement belongs to the international community and not just the US.

"It is not an agreement between two countries – it is a commitment undertaken by the entire international community on one side and Iran on the other, supported by a resolution of the UN Security Council,” Mogherini stressed.

The EU will make sure that all the sides of the agreement are sticking to their obligations, Mogherini said.

US President Donald Trump, who had made no secret of opposing the nuclear agreement in his election campaign, has threatened to “tear up” the agreement, calling it “the worst deal ever negotiated.”

“The Iran deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into,” he told the UN General Assembly on Tuesday morning, adding: “I don’t think you’ve heard the last of it — believe me.”

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