News ID: 203958
Published: 0124 GMT November 07, 2017

EU: US lawmakers signal plan to comply with JCPOA

EU: US lawmakers signal plan to comply with JCPOA
AFP

US lawmakers signaled they plan to ensure the United States complies with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal despite US President Donald Trump’s misgivings about the pact, the EU’s foreign policy chief said on Tuesday.

"I got clear indications that the intention is to keep the United States compliant with the agreement and find ways to do that in coordination with the E3 [Germany, France and Italy], the European Union as such that goes beyond the E3, and the international community,” EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini told reporters at a news conference, Reuters reported.

Mogherini has called on all parties to the Iran nuclear deal reached by P5+1 group in 2015 to abide by the agreements.

According to Mogherini, she has got assurances from different sides in US Congress that lawmakers want to keep the US compliant with the Iran deal, which "is delivering and working."

The European Union wants any US legislation to avoid violating the historic deal, Mogherini stated, adding that Brussels is working with Washington on the issue.

Mogherini's statement comes following US President Donald Trump's decision not to certify Iran's compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal — also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) — which has prompted criticism from the EU, Tehran and all other members of the P5+1 group, namely Russia, Britain, France, China and Germany, that have confirmed the Iran’s abidance by agreement.

Congress was given 60 days to decide whether to reimpose sanctions that were lifted under the deal, in exchange for restrictions on Iran’s nuclear activities.

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Majid Takht-Ravanchi on Tuesday called on the Europe to clarify how it will react if Washington abandons the multinational deal and imposes news sanctions on the country.

Speaking at a conference in the French capital Paris, Takht-Ravanchi said that Tehran would not be the first party to withdraw from the nuclear accord, but it has prepared itself for any scenario, Press TV wrote.

He added that EU countries “have not made enough efforts to persuade their banks” into working with Iran.

Trump’s hostile speech came in defiance of numerous reports by the International Atomic Energy (IAEA), which has confirmed Iran’s full compliance with its side of the JCPOA.

Addressing a conference on nuclear energy at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington on Monday, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano once again hailed Iran for remaining fully committed to the terms of the nuclear deal.

“Now, almost two years since Implementation Day (January 16, 2016), I can state that the nuclear-related commitments made by Iran under the JCPOA are being implemented,” said Amano.

The other parties to the accord and the whole world community have all reaffirmed their commitment to the JCPOA and urged the United States not to back out.

Reacting to Trump’s mid-October speech, European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Trump is not in a position to terminate Iran’s deal, reaffirming the bloc’s determination to fulfill its commitments.

 

   
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