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EU says fully committed to save JCPOA

Tehran, EU Foreign Policy chief Federica Mogherini and foreign ministers of France, Germany and the UK issued a joint statement on Thursday expressing full support for Iran's nuclear deal, also known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

'We remain fully committed to the preservation and full implementation of the JCPOA, a key achievement of the global nuclear nonproliferation architecture, which is in the security interest of all,' the statement said.

The statement comes a day after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced Tehran suspends some of its commitments under the deal.

Exactly one year after the US unilateral exit from the JCPOA, President Rouhani said on Wednesday that Iran will give a 60day moratorium to the state parties to the deal to remedy their breaches and restore Iran's interests enshrined by the international accord.

He said that Iran will suspend selling its enriched uranium and heavy water during the twomonth period.

If the European parties come back to the negotiating table and make compensations during the mentioned time Iran will return to the previous conditions; otherwise it will suspend two more commitments, the president added.

The full text of the EU statement follows:

We note with great concern the statement made by Iran concerning its commitments under the JCPOA.

We remain fully committed to the preservation and full implementation of the JCPOA, a key achievement of the global nuclear nonproliferation architecture, which is in the security interest of all.

We strongly urge Iran to continue to implement its commitments under the JCPOA in full as it has done until now and to refrain from any escalatory steps.

We reject any ultimatums and we will assess Iran's compliance on the basis of Iran's performance regarding its nuclearrelated commitments under the JCPOA and the NPT (Treaty on the NonProliferation of Nuclear Weapons). In this respect, we recall the key role of IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) monitoring and verification of the implementation by Iran of its nuclearrelated commitments.

We also look to Iran to continue to adhere to established JCPOA formats and mechanisms, including the JCPOA Joint Commission.

At the same time we recall our own firm commitments under the agreement, including as regards sanctionslifting for the benefit of the Iranian people. In this regard, we regret the reimposition of sanctions by the United States following their withdrawal from the JCPOA.

We are determined to continue pursuing efforts to enable the continuation of legitimate trade with Iran, including through the operationalization of the special purpose vehicle 'INSTEX'.

We call on countries not party to the JCPOA to refrain from taking any actions that impede the remaining parties' ability to fully perform their commitments.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency IRNA


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