Jan 12, 2018, 3:25 PM
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EU top diplomat lauds peaceful nature of JCPOA

Tehran, Jan 12, IRNA - The European Union (EU) Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini has welcomed the Iran nuclear deal for bringing peace to the Middle East region and Europe.

'The nuclear agreement is a multilateral agreement endorsed by the UN Security Council with a Resolution. It is a key element of the nuclear non-proliferation global architecture and it is crucial for the security of the region, but also for the security of Europe,' the European External Action Service (EEAS) quoted Mogherini as saying Thursday in a statement.

'The European Union has had and expressed a very clear position on the nuclear deal, as it was stated by the 28 European Union Member States' Ministers, already in October last year, and repeated again today,' she added.

She also said 'the IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency] has confirmed in nine reports that Iran is fully complying with the commitments made under the agreement. Its continued successful implementation ensures that Iran's nuclear programme remains exclusively peaceful.'

'It is in our key strategic security interest as Europeans. At a time of acute nuclear threat, the European Union is determined to preserve the JCPOA as a key element of the international non-proliferation architecture,'

'The European Union remains committed to support the full and effective implementation of the agreement, including to make sure that the lifting of nuclear related sanctions has a positive impact on trade and economic relations with Iran, including benefits for the Iranian people,' read the statement.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday that European signatories to the nuclear deal (signed by Iran and G5+1) unanimously believe that any move that undermines the deal is unacceptable.

The foreign ministers of Iran, France, Germany and UK and EU foreign policy chief met in Brussels on Thursday. They expressed their support for the deal and emphasized it should be preserved.

The meeting and the remarks by FM Zarif come a day ahead of an announcement that (US President Donald) Trump is going to make on his decision as to whether waiver the economic sanctions on Iran.

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