Jan 6, 2018, 2:53 PM
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EU defies US attacks on Iran Deal

Vienna, Jan 6, IRNA – The Friday night meeting of the UN Security Council that was held due to US' insistence turned into an arena for the Europeans to defend the Iran Nuclear Deal and the US got more isolated.

While the US President Donald Trump is to decide on the Iran Nuclear Deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the last week's protests in Iran provided Trump's administration to criticize the JCPOA and Obama's government.

In the meeting, majority of the UNSC stressed that the Iran's domestic affairs are not for the UNSC to decide on.

The representatives of other JCPOA signatories and some other countries made speeches in defense of 'the landmark achievement of diplomacy', as acknowledged by many.

The UK's Matthew Rycroft said, “We encourage all member states to uphold all their commitments. A prosperous, stable Iran is beneficial to all.”

French Ambassador to the UN François Delattre said that ending the JCPOA will be a big failure for the international community.

The Russian and Chinese ambassadors said that the recent protest in Iran is not a threat to the international security, so it shouldn't have been discussed in the UNSC. The Russian envoy Vasily Nebenzya overtly said, 'The real reason for convening today is not to protect human rights or promote the interests of the Iranian people, but rather a veiled attempt to continue to undermine the Iranian nuclear agreement.'

Swedish ambassador defended the JCPOA by saying that the non-nuclear issues should be kept separated from the JCPOA.

Following the UNSC meeting, Mohammad Javad Zarif said in a Twitter message released on Saturday, 'The UNSC rebuffed the US' naked attempt to hijack its mandate. Majority emphasized the need to fully implement the JCPOA and to refrain from interfering in internal affairs of others. Another FP [foreign policy] blunder for the Trump administration.'

Trump's decision not to confirm Iran's commitment to the deal has faced numerous oppositions among leaders of the JCPOA signatories; High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and foreign ministers of the world powers signing the JCPOA have repeatedly said that the deal works.

In her 2017 report, Mogherini called the defense of the JCPOA a tough time for multilateralism and reiterated that she will go on with her attempts for the JCPOA to be implemented by all parties.

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