News ID: 215516
Published: 0125 GMT May 22, 2018

Senior MP: Saving JCPOA big test for Europe

Senior MP: Saving JCPOA big test for Europe

Saving Iran nuclear deal is a serious test for the European signatories of the 2015 agreement reached between Iran and P5+1 group of countries, a senior Iranian lawmaker said.

Iran would give a deadline to the Europeans to show their commitment to the nuclear deal, chairman of Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, told reporters on Tuesday, according to IRNA.

The lawmaker added the European countries should prove that they prefer their national interests.

He also said the European companies should be committed to their contracts with Iran in fields of technology transfer and economic cooperation.

On May 8, US President Donald Trump announced Washington’s pullout of the Iran nuclear deal and reinstatement of sanctions on Iran.

Boroujerdi said what matters to Tehran is the EU’s “practical measures” to meet their commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Boroujerdi pointed to a Monday statement by the EU’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini about the JCPOA, saying, “Not only (such a) statement, but also a document is no longer credible to us given what the United States did regarding the JCPOA.”

“Practical measures are important to us and this is a guarantee that we should receive (from the EU)…,” the lawmaker said.

Mogherini on Monday warned there was "no alternative" to the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vowed unprecedented sanctions against Tehran following Washington's withdrawal from the pact.

The EU has been trying to persuade Iran to stay in the agreement after the US withdrawal.



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