News ID: 276982
Published: 0442 GMT November 18, 2020

EU says full implementation of Iran nuclear deal ‘essential’

EU says full implementation of Iran nuclear deal ‘essential’

The European Union on Wednesday voiced “resolute commitment” to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal – known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), saying the full implementation of the landmark accord is “essential”.

The EU expresses its resolute commitment to and continued support for the JCPOA. We are determined to continue working with the international community to preserve the JCPOA. The strategic importance of the agreement remains and its full implementation is essential,” Stephan Klement, the EUs representative at the International Atomic Energy Agency, told an IAEA Board of Governors meeting in Vienna.

Klement called on all countries to "support the implementation of the JCPOA and to refrain from undermining the implementation of commitments under the nuclear deal.

Iran and six world powers – France, Britain, Germany, Russia, China and the United States – signed the deal in 2015. Under the accord, Iran agreed to curb its nuclear program in return for the lifting of international and unilateral US sanctions.

US President Donald Trump walked out of the deal in 2018 and reinstated tough sanctions on Iran.    

 Klement said the EU continues to deeply regret” the US withdrawal.

Alongside the verified full implementation by Iran of its nuclear-related commitments, the lifting of nuclear-related sanctions is an essential part of the agreement,” he said. 

The official also said that the IAEA has not observed any changes to the level of cooperation by Iran in relation to agency verification and monitoring activities under the JCPOA”.

Klement also urged Iran to reverse all activities that are inconsistent with the JCPOA” and return to full compliance without delay.

Iran rolled back part of its nuclear work a year after the US pullout in an effort to push the European members of the deal to do their own part of the accord and protect the country against US sanctions.

Iran has time and again said that it will resume implement the deal to the letter once it received all benefits guaranteed under the agreement.




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