EU stands firm behind Iran deal

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Series Details 13.10.17
Publication Date 13/10/2017
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US President Donald Trump announced on the 13 October 2017 the 'decertification' of the 2015 nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)) with Iran that dropped sanctions against that country in exchange for Tehran halting its nuclear programme. Alongside Iran and the US, JCPOA had also been signed in 2015 by Germany, China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the European Union.

In a response EU High Representative Federica Mogherini said the EU stood firm behind the 2015 deal on Iran's nuclear programme. The deal made the world safer and the EU expected all parties to stick to it and would continue to guarantee its implementation.

The Iran deal 'is not a bilateral agreement, it does not belong to any single country and it is not up to any single country to terminate it', said Ms Mogherini.

In a Joint statement from UK Prime Minister Theresa May, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron following President Trump’s statement on the US’ Iran Strategy, the three leaders said:

'We stand committed to the JCPoA and its full implementation by all sides. Preserving the JCPoA is in our shared national security interest. The nuclear deal was the culmination of 13 years of diplomacy and was a major step towards ensuring that Iran’s nuclear programme is not diverted for military purposes. The JCPoA was unanimously endorsed by the UN Security Council in Resolution 2231. The International Atomic Energy Agency has repeatedly confirmed Iran’s compliance with the JCPoA through its long-term verification and monitoring programme. Therefore, we encourage the US Administration and Congress to consider the implications to the security of the US and its allies before taking any steps that might undermine the JCPoA, such as re-imposing sanctions on Iran lifted under the agreement'.

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