Borrell says he determined to do everything possible to preserve nuclear deal

July 14, 2020 - 21:20

TEHRAN - EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has said that he is determined to do everything possible together with the remaining participants of the 2015 nuclear deal to preserve the agreement.

The nuclear deal officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was signed on July 14, 2015 between Iran, the European Union, the European trio (Germany, France and Britain), Russia, China and the United States. The deal went into effect on January 2016. However, Donald Trump launched relentless attacks on the JCPOA during his presidential campaigns in 2016. As president, he finally withdrew the U.S. from the pact in May 2018 and introduced the harshest sanctions in history on Iran.

“We should not assume that an opportunity will arise again in the future for the international community to address Iran’s nuclear program in such a comprehensive manner.”
“As the Coordinator of the JCPOA Joint Commission, I am determined to do everything possible together with the remaining participants of the JCPOA and the international community to preserve the agreement. We should not assume that an opportunity will arise again in the future for the international community to address Iran’s nuclear program in such a comprehensive manner,” he said in a statement published by the website of the European Union External Action on Tuesday.

Following is the full text of the statement:

Today, on the fifth anniversary of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the preservation of the agreement is more important than ever. The JCPOA was concluded on 14 July 2015 and subsequently endorsed unanimously by the UN Security Council (Resolution 2231). It is a historic multilateral achievement for global nuclear non-proliferation and is contributing to regional and global security.

The JCPOA remains the only tool to provide the international community with the necessary assurances regarding Iran’s nuclear program. It consists of nuclear-related commitments to be implemented by Iran in exchange for sanctions-lifting by the international community with a view to normalizing trade and economic relations with Iran. The agreement also provides for unprecedented monitoring and verification by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and I commend the continuous professional, technical and impartial work of the agency. The full implementation of the JCPOA by all sides remains crucial.

Regrettably, the U.S. decided in May 2018 to withdraw from the JCPOA and have not participated in any meeting or activity since.
Regrettably, the U.S. decided in May 2018 to withdraw from the JCPOA and have not participated in any meeting or activity since. The remaining participants of the JCPOA continue to work collectively to address, within the framework of the agreement, existing concerns regarding nuclear implementation, as well as the wider impacts of the withdrawal of the United States from the JCPOA and its re-imposition of sanctions.

As the Coordinator of the JCPOA Joint Commission, I am determined to do everything possible together with the remaining participants of the JCPOA and the international community to preserve the agreement. We should not assume that an opportunity will arise again in the future for the international community to address Iran’s nuclear program in such a comprehensive manner.
 

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