News ID: 278259
Published: 0941 GMT December 17, 2020

JCPOA members to hold unofficial ministerial meeting on Dec. 21

JCPOA members to hold unofficial ministerial meeting on Dec. 21

Foreign ministers of the remaining members of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action will hold an unofficial online meeting on December 21, it was announced at the end of the 17th Joint Commission of the JCPOA which was held through videoconference on Wednesday.

The JCPOA Joint Commission was attended by deputy foreign ministers and political directors from Iran, Russia, China, Britain, Germany, France and the European Union.

Iran was represented by Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Abbas Araqchi who also led the Iranian delegation in the virtual event.

The participants issued a statement saying that foreign ministers of the remaining members of the nuclear deal will hold an unofficial meeting on December 21 through videoconference.

“Participants agreed on holding an unofficial meeting of the foreign ministers of JCPOA member states on Dec. 21 through videoconferencing,” Secretary-General of European External Action Service Helga Schmid who chaired the Joint Commission meeting said in a statement following the event, ISNA reported. 

Schmid chaired the 17th JCPOA Joint Commission on behalf of the EU High Representative Josep Borrell.

It was the first meeting of the Joint Commission since Joe Biden won the US presidential election. Biden has promised to return to the JCPOA.

President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that Iran is not overjoyed by Biden’s election but happy that the ‘tyrant’ President Trump is leaving.

Iran is "very happy" over the looming departure from office of US President Donald Trump, who led a campaign of "maximum pressure" against the Islamic Republic, President Rouhani said.

"Some say you are overexcited by the advent of Mr. Biden. No, we are not, but we are very happy to see Trump leave," he said in televised comments at a cabinet meeting, AFP reported.

The JCPOA was signed in July 2015 between Iran and the P5+1 and endorsed by the UN Security Council Resolution 2231.

However, US President Donald Trump unilaterally pulled Washington out of the nuclear deal in May 2018 and reinstated the anti-Iranian sanctions that had been lifted by the deal.

As the remaining European parties have failed to fulfill their commitments to the accord and compensate for Washington’s withdrawal, Iran moved in May 2019 to scale back its JCPOA commitments.


Financial Tribune contributed to this story. 

Resource: IRNA
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