News ID: 279686
Published: 0253 GMT January 20, 2021

EU’s Borrell urges close cooperation with US on JCPOA

EU’s Borrell urges close cooperation with US on JCPOA
AFP

The European Union’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell called for closer cooperation between the bloc and the new US administration on three key areas, including the Iran nuclear deal, after the end of what he called “governing by tweeting”.

Speaking at a European Parliament debate, Borrell expressed optimism that the administration of Joe Biden would do away with the era of unilateralism adopted by Trump and cooperate closely with the EU.    

With the inauguration, the Biden administration “will hopefully be finishing with the ‘governing by tweeting’, offering another approach and trying to make multilateralism great again”, the EU top diplomat said, Press TV wrote on Wednesday.

“It will require closer cooperation between the European Union and the United States at least on three key areas: Climate change, the Iran nuclear deal, and regulating big technological platforms, among others,” he added.

Trump pulled Washington out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and reinstated all the sanctions that had been lifted against Tehran under the agreement, in defiance of international criticism and opposition.

After its withdrawal from the landmark deal, the US prodded the remaining signatories, including the European ones – the UK, France and Germany – as well as other countries into cutting trade with Iran or face punitive sanctions.

The European parties along with Russia and China – the other two signatories – have reaffirmed their support for the JCPOA as a key achievement of international diplomacy, vowing to preserve the deal in the face of US threats.

However, Iran has criticized the European trio for bowing to US demands and pressures and failing to shield business with the country in the face of Washington’s sanctions.

Biden has criticized Trump for leaving the JCPOA and expressed willingness to return to the agreement but if Tehran fully resumes its obligations. 

The Islamic Republic suspended its commitments in response to US sanctions and Europeans’ failure to keep the end of the bargain. It, however, has said that its measures are reversible if the other side fulfills its commitments, arguing that the JCPOA implementation is not a one-way street.  

Iran has also reiterated that the JCPOA is a done deal, rejecting any renegotiation or amendments to it.

Tehran has emphasized that the US needs to start out by lifting its sanctions, and that a possible rejoining of the JCPOA without the removal of sanctions would amount to nothing beneficial for the Islamic Republic.  

 

‘US had better rejoin JCPOA than renegotiate it’

Separately, in an interview with Reuters on Tuesday, Borrell called on the US to rejoin the JCPOA and lift its sanctions against Tehran.

“Only with two things, the US coming back to the climate agreement and rejoining the nuclear deal with Iran, will the world be much better and more secure,” he said on Trump’s last full day as president.

“After governing by tweeting, maybe we can go to governing using another way of communication, defining positions and taking into account the problems and interests of others,” Borrell added.

He also said Washington would save time by rejoining the Iran nuclear deal rather than seeking to negotiate a new arms control accord.

Asked about first steps that the Biden administration could take, Borrell said, “Stop threatening sanctions against everybody who is part of an economic relationship with Iran”.

 

 

 

 

 

   
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