Iran urges actionable commitments to save JCPOA
Tehran, Iranian foreign minister called for the EU and E3+2 (UK, France, Germany plus Russia and China) to make verifiable and actionable commitments to save the nuclear deal reached between Iran and world powers in 2015.
'In Vienna for JCPOA Ministerial Meeting. My mandate is crystal clear: Forge practical solutions. Expecting EU/E3+2 counterparts to make verifiable and actionable commitments rather than lofty and obscure promises. Make no mistake: Sanctions and JCPOA compliance are mutually exclusive,' Mohammad Javad Zarif said in twitter message released early Friday.
Zarif met with High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini on Friday morning in Vienna's Palais Coburg Hotel, hours before the start of another meeting of the JCPOA Joint Commission which is going to be held, there, with the presence of foreign ministers of 5 countries (UK, France, Russia, China plus Germany).
Zarif left for Vienna late Thursday to take part in the meeting of foreign ministers of JCPOA members.
The meeting is to be held on Friday under presidency of Mogherini.
This is the second meeting after US unilateral exit from JCPOA which is slated to discuss EU's economic proposal with the aim of ensuring Iran's economic and commercial interests in the absence of US from the international pact.
Expert meeting of Iran and 4+1 Group was held late Thursday.
US President Donald Trump announced on May 8 that Washington was walking away from the nuclear agreement.
Trump also said he would reinstate US nuclear sanctions on Iran and impose the highest level of economic bans on the Islamic Republic.
Under the JCPOA, Iran undertook to put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions imposed against Tehran.
Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA