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Mogherini Hopes for Timely Deal Enforcement
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Mogherini Hopes for Timely Deal Enforcement

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, who co-chaired a meeting of ministers from parties to the Iran nuclear deal on Monday in New York, said the participants hope to complete work on the implementation of the accord in early 2016.

The ministerial talks were the first after Iran and the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany) announced the pact on July 14, aimed at settling a 12-year dispute over Tehran's nuclear work.

"We are all fully committed to doing our part on implementing all sides, all parts of the agreement, and we all know very well that this is an agreement that requires all the parties to do their part so I'm confident that the agreement will be implemented in full by all parties in time and swiftly," Reuters quoted Mogherini as telling reporters after the meeting.

The parties will go ahead and put the deal into force after their relevant authorities finish considering it.

In Iran, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the official title of the pact, is under scrutiny by a special commission of Parliament, whose result will be submitted to the full Majlis in a report.

IRNA quoted the spokesperson for the commission, Hossein Naqavi Hosseini, as telling reporters on Tuesday, "The report was supposed to be prepared by Monday night to be presented to the Majlis today."

"But unfortunately the report is not ready yet… because the deal is a very complicated document."

He said the report is expected to be read out at the Majlis session next Sunday.

Mogherini said the European Union would not take any next step on the JCPOA until the Majlis completes its examination.

***Shuttle Diplomacy

Ministers also discussed the conflict in Syria.
 
The Wall Street Journal quoted the top EU diplomat as saying the P5+1 could hold future meetings with Iran on the Syrian crisis as part of broader "shuttle diplomacy" to try to end the bloodshed.

"We have discussed tonight the possibility of using this format…also on some regional issues," of which Syria "is the first and most urgent crisis we have in front of us."

"The important thing is to try to get together all the international, regional actors" on Syria, Mogherini added.

US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed on Monday to look for a diplomatic end to the Syrian civil war but clashed over the central question of whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should retain power, Reuters reported.

The two leaders agreed in a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the 70th United Nations General Assembly in New York that their armed forces should hold talks to avoid coming into conflict in Syria after a Russian military buildup there over the last several weeks.

In efforts to help end the four-year civil war, Assad's fate has been a point of disagreement between the United States and its allies, on the one hand, and Russia and Iran, on the other.

The West says Assad cannot have a role in Syria's future as part of any diplomatic settlement, while Moscow and Tehran insist this must be decided by the Syrian people themselves.

Before his talks with Putin, in an address to the UNGA, Obama said, "The United States is prepared to work with any nation, including Russia and Iran, to resolve the conflict."
 
"But we must recognize that there cannot be… a return to the prewar status quo."

 

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