EU High Representative Federica Mogherini and the foreign ministers of France, Germany and the UK held a joint meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif
EU urges int’l support to Iran nuclear deal
BRUSSELS-- EU High Representative Federica Mogherini and the foreign ministers of France, Germany and the UK held a joint meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Brussels Thursday, focusing on the Iranian nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
"The deal is working and delivering on its main goals keeping the Iranian nuclear programme in check," Mogherini told a joint press conference after the meeting.
She stressed that the EU remains committed to JCPOA, and expects all parties to fully and effectively implement it.
"The unity of the international community is essential to preserve the deal that is working and is making the world safer," she stressed.
She noted that issues like ballistic missiles and tensions in the region are outside the JCPOA and will be addressed in different fora.
On his part, UK Minister for Foreign Affairs Boris Johnson said: "we greatly value the JCPOA, the nuclear deal with Iran. We think it is a considerable diplomatic accomplishment. It is a way if stopping Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons and Iran is in compliance according to the IAEA. That is very important for us. But it is also greatly important to build worldwide support for this deal, that Iran is able to show that it is a good neighbour in the region".
"It is very important that as Europeans we come together to express a common view and we greatly value the nuclear deal with Iran. Itآ’s a way of stopping Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons," he said.
German Minister for Foreign Affairs Sigmar Gabriel: "we want to protect the JCPOA against any possible undermining decision from which side may come so we know that it is absolutely necessary to have this signal that it is possible by diplomatic approaches to prevent the development of nuclear weapons at a time where other parts of the world are discussing how to get nuclear weapons into force.
French Minister for Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian said there is no alternative to the JCPOA and called on all parties to respect the agreement.
"We have no reason to disengage from this agreement as Iran has been seen to respect all the provisions of this agreement," he said, but added that "we have differences with Iran on ballistic missile programme and on Iranآ’s actions in the region.
Zarif did not attend the press conference.