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Iran’s interests lie in keeping JCPOA: UK ex-diplomat

London, The UK former envoy to the IAEA said on Monday that Iran's political and security interests would be secured far better if remaining committed to the JCPOA.

The final statement of the Vienna meeting on Friday (July 6) showed that Europe, as well as China and Russia, are still committed to the nuclear deal and are trying to convince Iran that its interests will also be met through adherence to the JCPOA, even without the US, Peter Jenkins, Britain's formeer ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (2001-2006), told Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council (the US, France, Britain, China, and Russia) plus Germany signed the nuclear deal in 2015. The US President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal in May, calling it the worst deal ever.

The Europe, however, will not be able to neutralize the US secondary sanctions fully, but it can win the trust that Iran's interests will be secured more than the pre-JCPOA era, the British former diplomat said.

The Joint Commission of the JCPOA was held on Friday for the first time since the US has pulled out from the deal. In the meeting practical solutions for confronting the US sanctions and for promoting trade ties with Iran were explored.

In the final statement, the parties expressed commitment to 11 points. They vowed to take practical measures on shipping and insurance, keep their financial channels and continue their imports of Iran's oil, petroleum products and gas condensate.

Following the meeting, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif described it as a step forward, as 'the international community today is sure about the political will of the remaining signatories to the deal at the ministerial level.'

'They are ready to back their companies, finance them, and clear the way for banking ties,' he said, describing it as 'an important message for economic community'.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency IRNA

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