EU rejects Iran’s 60-day deadline on nuclear deal, says will remain committed for now

EU rejects Iran’s 60-day deadline on nuclear deal, says will remain committed for now ...
presstv.com 09/05/2019 News

Keywords:#2015, #AEOI, #American, #Atomic_Energy_Organization, #Atomic_Energy_Organization_of_Iran, #China, #EU, #European, #European_Union, #Federica_Mogherini, #France, #Germany, #IAEA, #International_Atomic_Energy_Agency, #Iran, #JCPOA, #Joint_Comprehensive_Plan_of_Action, #NPT, #Non-Proliferation, #Presstv.com, #Russia, #Tehran, #Treaty_on_the_Non-Proliferation_of_Nuclear_Weapons, #UK, #US, #Washington

The European Union rejects a 60-day deadline set by Tehran for the remaining signatories to a 2015 nuclear deal to address Iran’s legal rights and protect its interests against US sanctions, saying, however, that the bloc will stay committed to the agreement for now.
In a joint statement released on Thursday, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and the foreign ministers of France, Germany and the UK expressed “great concern” about Iran’s recent suspension of some of its commitments under the accord — officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) — in reciprocation for Washington’s withdrawal last year.
Iran announced on Wednesday that it would stop exporting excess uranium and heavy water, setting a 60-day deadline for the five remaining parties to the deal — France, Germany, the UK, China and Russia — to take practical measures towards ensuring Iran’s interests in the face of the American sanctions that were re-imposed on Iran after Washington’s exit.
The top European diplomats said, “We reject any ultimatums and we will assess Iran’s compliance on the basis of Iran’s performance regarding its nuclear-related commitments under the JCPOA and the NPT (Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons). In this respect, we recall the key role of IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) monitoring and verification of the implementation by Iran of its nuclear-related commitments.”
In the statement, the Europeans further expressed regret about the re-imposition of sanctions against Tehran and said they would stay fully committed to “the preservation and full implementation” of the JCPOA, which they described as “a key achievement of the global nuclear non-proliferation architecture, which is in the security interest of all.”
The top diplomats further stressed their determination to pursue efforts to enable the continuation of legitimate trade with Iran, including through a non-dollar direct payment channel, known as INSTEX.
“We strongly urge Iran to continue to implement its commitments under the JCPOA in full as it has done until now and to refrain from any escalatory steps,” they said.
‘Iran seeks to bring deal back on track’
Tehran also said the measures it has adopted in response to Washington’s withdrawal do not violate the deal and are meant to restore the balance between its rights and commitments under Articles 26 and 36 of the JCPOA.
On Thursday, Behrouz Kamalvandi, the spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), emphasized that Article 26 of the JCPOA reserves Iran’s right to stop some of its commitments “totally and partially” if the opposite side fails to uphold its end of the bargain.
“Iran has taken the measure in response to America’s withdrawal from the JCPOA and the re-imposition of sanctions,” he said.
Kamalvandi also noted that Iran’s move is well-calculated, adding, “Certainly, our goal is to bring the JCPOA back on track and strengthen it.”
--- ---
...

Read more from Source »

Related articles based on keyword density
Middle East - Security Council debates ending UN sanctions on Iran ...
france24.com 13/03/2015 News
Major world powers have begun talks about a UN Security Council resolution to lift UN sanctions on Iran if a nuclear agreement is struck with Tehran, ...View Details»

Iranian Nuclear Energy Program History - Iranian Nuclear Energy Progra...
nuclearenergy.ir 19/11/2013 History
Iran’s nuclear energy program was launched back in the 1950s, when Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi – an ally of the West - was in power. Western states jum...View Details»

Iran and 6 Powers Agree on Terms for Nuclear Talks...
nytimes.com 21/02/2014 Politics
By STEVEN ERLANGERFEB. 20, 2014 VIENNA — In what officials described as a serious, workmanlike and conversational atmosphere, Iran and six world pow...View Details»

United Nations Security Council Resolution 1929 ...
1host2u.com 09/06/2010 History
United Nations Security Council Resolution 1929, adopted on 9 June 2010, after recalling resolutions 1696 (2006), 1737 (2006), 1747 (2007), 1803 (2008...View Details»

EU mechanism for trade with Iran 'now operational' ...
dw.com 29/06/2019 News
The EU has created a mechanism that will allow European countries to trade with Iran despite US sanctions. The move is an attempt to show good will to...View Details»


EOF