EU FMs discuss ways to save Iran nuclear deal
BRUSSEL-- European Union's (EU) Foreign Ministers began their formal meeting here Monday with the main issue on the agenda being the Iran nuclear deal.
"Today we probably have the longest ever Foreign Affairs Council in the last five years. We have a very intense agenda. We will start with a point on Iran, we'll see how, together, with all the Member States and the rest of our international partners, preserve the Nuclear Deal with Iran and put in place all the measures so that Iran can go back to full compliance," EU High Representative Federica Mogherini told reporters ahead of the meeting.
On his part, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said main subject of today's meeting is obviously the situation in the Middle East following the decision of Iran not to respect the uranium enrichment percentage and the authorized stock levels within the framework of the Vienna agreement. "This is a bad anniversary since the Vienna agreement has been in effect for four years. Europeans must remain united on this issue," he said.
"I think this is a bad reaction and a bad decision to another bad decision which was the American decision to withdraw from the agreement and apply sanctions both inside and outside the US," added Le Drian.
Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders said, "Today I think we will concentrate on the situation in Iran because this is where our major concerns lies." "We will try to see how the EU can continue to defend the idea of the implementation of the nuclear deal... At the moment there is a dangerous escalation in the region. We would really like to achieve de-escalation and return to a situation that allows for the implementation of the agreement," he said.
Michael Roth, German Minister of State for Europe, said, "We will discuss about Iran today. The violation of the nuclear deal is unacceptable for us, we in the EU need to deal with this question in a united manner and speak with one voice. It is important for us now to remain in dialogue and that we contribute to de-escalation."