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EU foreign ministers express continued commitment to Iran nuclear deal

16.10.2017

At the Foreign Affairs Council meeting in Luxembourg, the European Union’s foreign ministers discussed the matter of the Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA) in light of US President Donald Trump’s decertification decision.

"We consider it important to implement the Iran nuclear agreement, as it is a key element of the nuclear non-proliferation architecture and contributes to ensuring peace and stability in the region,” said Estonian Foreign Minister Sven Mikser. "At the current time, the reports from the International Atomic Energy Agency confirm that Iran is implementing its commitments under the agreement and has cooperated with the agency. Maintaining cooperation is in the interests of the entire international community.”
Mikser emphasised that it was important to continue dialogue between EU and Member States and the US so that commitment to the nuclear deal is preserved. "A number of the concerns highlighted by the US – Iran’s ballistic missile tests and regional tensions – are perfectly legitimate, but a solution to these should sought outside the framework of the existing deal," said Mikser. "Were the US to pull out of the deal, it would undermine trust between the West and Iran, which could have unforeseeable consequences," he added. Any decision to withdraw from the JCPOA must be made by US Congress.
The EU’s foreign ministers adopted a joint statement regarding support for and continued implementation of the JCPOA. Text at: goo.gl/ESLhus

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action was signed by Iran and six Western countries - Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the US. The US signed during the Barack Obama administration.

Additional information:

Sandra Kamilova
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Communication Department
press@mfa.ee
56675362

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