EU trying JCPOA to go on: German FM
Tehran, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas reiterated support by three European states for the Iranian nuclear deal, saying that the European Union is trying to compensate for the vacuum of the US withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and this issue is to uphold the nuclear deal.
Addressing a joint press conference also attended by Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Monday afternoon, Maas said, “It is important that the talks between Iran and Germany are conducted in the current situation and the exchange of explicit comments is taking place. We are in a region where has serious and delicate situation, and I do not think that increasing tensions and reaching military stages is in the interests of any one. Therefore, it is necessary to prevent this situation.”
Referring to his recent talks in Iraq, Jordan, and the Emirates, the German FM went on to say, “No one wanted the tensions to rise, and this was the message that I wanted today to transfer to Tehran from the region.”
The highranking German official said that “we are having tough talk today on how to proceed the JCPOA. The position of the three European countries is to support the JCPOA. Of course, we cannot have a miracle, but we are trying to keep it up and, in this framework, we try to set up and run the INSTEX in the form of three European countries and beyond”.
Maas noted he conferred with his counterpart on regional issues, including Syria and Yemen, and stated that Germany believed that it would be resolved through the United Nations. Issues have a political solution, not a military solution. So, we are interested in talking to Iran about this because Iran has a lot of influence in the region and it uses it, and therefore we are consulting with Iran, and in this framework it is in the best interest of all that the clashes and the war stop.”
Responding to a question by IRNA correspondent on the cooperation between Iranian and German companies following the US sanctions and practical steps taken by Berlin to continue the cooperation, the German foreign minister also said that Germany is still advocating the JCPOA. We believe that it was the right thing to achieve to the JCPOA. We also recognize the fact that Iran wants to gain its rights in the framework of the nuclear deal in order to benefit from its benefits.
“America’s withdrawal led Iran’s predicted economic benefits were not realized,” he said. But we are trying to provide Iran with opportunities for trade and economic growth. In this regard, we have launched a financial tool called INSTEX, through which we try to make financial transactions possible and European companies can operate and Iran can benefit from the JCPOA.
In response to a question about Iran’s 60day deadline to Europe, the official noted, “On a trip that I had in the area over the past few days, I concluded that in addition to the influence of transnational countries, the countries of the region should also speak together. Germany supports any format for dialogue between the countries of the region. This impact is not just outside, but regional countries need to find solutions to resolve regional issues.
The German diplomat stated that we spoke in this meeting about the JCPOA, highlighting, At today’s meeting, we raised our expectations and explained what we are doing next week. We hope that there will be no need for alternative talks to take place after the JCPOA, and everyone will act in accordance with their obligations.”
The European Union is trying to compensate for the US withdrawal from the nuclear deal, and this will lead to sustain the JCPOA, although the problem we do not want to accept is that if the other party does not complete its obligations, we will not fully accomplish it.
He added that the IAEA will review the implementation process of the JCPOA and report the results.
In other part of his remark, the German diplomat stated, “At present, Syria and Yemen are involved in fighting, but there is no war in Iran. We do not try another war to start in the region. Tensions in the region are dangerous and may occur due to an event, mechanism, and chain of events and conditions out of control.”
Source: Islamic Republic News Agency IRNA