News ID: 234046
Published: 0331 GMT November 10, 2018

Iran deal shows agreement possible despite differences

Iran deal shows agreement possible despite differences

Iran’s nuclear agreement has shown that when it comes to the common interests, an agreement is possible, even if differences exist, Britain’s minister of state for the Middle East and North Africa told IRNA.

Alistair Burt pointed to the London’s opposition to the US reimposition of sanctions against Iran, stressing that it is not an effective method.

In May, US President Donald Trump withdrew Washington from the landmark agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and reimposed unilateral sanctions against Tehran.

Other signatories to the deal have slammed Washington's decision to abandon the agreement, which has also been endorsed by a UN Security Council resolution, saying they will work to keep the accord alive.

Burt said that Iran’s nuclear deal demonstrated that when “we have a common interest, for example to stop proliferation of nuclear weapons, those partners can find things that they could agree on together, despite their differences”.

Burt added that the rest of the signatories of the agreement don’t agree with the US sanctions, and they think they won't be 'most effective' but the deal was 'a bargain'.

Responding to a question about the UK's positive role in JCPOA and the US behavior towards the UK and other signatories of the deal, he said, “The relationship between the US and other parties of the JCPOA is already well developed; not all the parties of the JCPOA necessarily see the world in the same way. China and Russia have significant differences with the US; Europe has fewer differences with the United Sates.”

“We are working very hard with other partners to the JCPOA to find an economic facility that will enable banking and financial transactions to take place. We have been open with Iran in terms of our desire to do this; it is not easy”, the British minister said.

Referring to the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), proposed by the European Union, he said, “The United States is well-aware of what its partners are seeking to do with the SPV.”

“They have taken their action; we will take ours”, he said.



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