TEHRAN – Three European Union (EU) powers that signed onto the Iran nuclear deal are in talks with Tehran to maintain it in place, regardless of President Donald Trump’s announcement withdrawing the US from the association.
EU and Iranian diplomats repeated their dedication to “continued, full and efficient implementation” of the 2015 Joint Complete Plan of Motion (JCPOA), which was endorsed by the UN Safety Council and represents a key component of worldwide nuclear nonproliferation and a “vital diplomatic achievement,” EU excessive consultant for overseas coverage Federica Mogherini stated on Tuesday.
“We’re decided to make sure that the JCPOA stays in place,” stated Mogherini. “We see the identical dedication from the Iranian facet.”
Brussels and Tehran have agreed to launch “intensive knowledgeable discussions,” which have already begun, she stated. The 2 events are working to succeed in “one thing very concrete, very sensible, very operational, and hopefully in a short time.”
Among the many subjects of dialogue are the EU and Iran sustaining and deepening financial relations, efficient banking transactions, transportation ties, investments and protections for EU companies working in Iran.
Precisely per week in the past, Trump introduced the US will likely be withdrawing from the “horrible” Iran deal and re-imposing sanctions that had been suspended in 2016 below the phrases of the settlement negotiated by the Obama administration. The UN sanctions towards Iran have already been lifted, nevertheless, and the EU willingness to keep up the deal signifies that Washington won’t be able to impose them once more.
The US has threatened sanctions towards any nations or corporations persevering with to do enterprise with Iran, which has gone over poorly in European capitals.
Brussels does produce other points it desires to handle with Iran, Mogherini stated, referring to Tehran’s ballistic missile program and conflicts in Syria and Yemen.
“One factor very clear to us Europeans is that with the nuclear deal in place, we have now higher likelihood to handle some other challenge we have now with Iran,” she stated.