JCPOA Joint Commission to Convene on Sept. 1

JCPOA Joint Commission to Convene on Sept. 1 JCPOA Joint Commission to Convene on Sept. 1

The Joint Commission of the 2015 nuclear deal is set to meet in the Austrian capital, Vienna, on Sept. 1 to discuss issues related to the signatories’ implementation of the agreement. 
Secretary-General of the European External Action Service Helga Schmid will chair the meeting on behalf of European Union foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, according to the official website of EEAS.  
The meeting will be attended by representatives of China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and Iran. 
The nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, was signed between Iran and six world powers, but the United States withdrew unilaterally in 2018 and reimposed sweeping sanctions on Tehran that the remaining parties failed to make up for. 
In mid-June, the three European powers submitted a resolution to the International Atomic Energy Agency, calling on Iran to stop denying access to two sites that the global watchdog suspected of past nuclear activity.  
The resolution was adopted by the 35-nation IAEA Board of Governors, despite opposition by Russia and China. 
Iran censured the measure, describing it as a move aligned with the US maximum pressure policy, and triggered the deal's Dispute Resolution Mechanism once again to discuss its concerns over the European parties' implementation issues within the JCPOA Joint Commission. 
Borrell confirmed Iran's activation of the process, saying a meeting of the Joint Commission would be scheduled as soon as travel conditions affected by the coronavirus pandemic allow.
The commission last convened early December 2019 at the level of deputy foreign ministers. 

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