EU Urges All-Round Commitment to Iran Nuclear Deal

EU Urges All-Round Commitment to Iran Nuclear DealEU Urges All-Round Commitment to Iran Nuclear Deal

The EU foreign policy chief hailed the 2015 multilateral nuclear deal with Iran as a "milestone", which could set a precedent for resolving global issues through diplomacy.

In her annual briefing to the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday, Federica Mogherini also underlined the need for all sides to comply with the accord, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

"The nuclear deal with Iran shows the way forward to us, the Europeans. It sets a milestone for non-proliferation," said the top EU diplomat, Press TV reported.

JCPOA was signed between Iran and P5+1 (Russia, China, France, Britain, the US, plus Germany) in July 2015. The agreement took effect in January 2016.

Under the agreement, limits were put on Iran's nuclear activities in exchange for, among other things, the removal of all nuclear-related sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic.

Mogherini's comments come amid uncertainty over the future of the deal under US President Donald Trump, who has described the deal as "terrible" and pledged to review it.

"World powers negotiated the deal, but the agreement was immediately ratified by the Security Council and the deal now belongs to the entire international community—not only to us who were in that room in Vienna," Mogherini said.

She pointed to numerous reports by the International Atomic Energy Agency confirming Iran's compliance with the accord, saying the European Union backs the full implementation of the deal. Last week, Mogherini said scrapping the deal would be in the interest of no one and emphasized that the US must have come to understand that fact by now.


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