Preserving Iran nuclear deal ‘joint responsibility’

Clay Curtis
July 19, 2019

The three powers, who are party to the deal alongside Russian Federation and China, have sought to defuse the tensions, which culminated in a plan for U.S. air strikes on Iran last month that Trump called off at the last minute.

"Even if I think this is the most dramatic and hard time, I also think that today everybody realizes that not having the JCPOA (Iran nuclear deal) in place anymore would be a bad option for everybody", Mogherini said.

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini called on Iran to reverse their decision to enrich their uranium to more than what is allowed in the agreement.

As tensions rise between Iran, the United States and its allies, the BBC has been given rare access to Iran.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani described Tehran's move as an attempt to save, not to undermine, the JCPOA. Instead, it is a signal to the Europeans that the impact of the U.S. sanctions has been significant and "they need the Europeans to start helping them financially".

European foreign ministers were meeting in Brussels on Monday for crisis talks on the deal.

Tehran said Sunday it is ready to negotiate with the United States if Washington lifts its punishing economic tensions.

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The United States quit an global deal aimed at curbing Iran's nuclear program past year, hitting Tehran with crippling sanctions. A joint statement expressed a sense of concern, and seemed geared toward talking Iran and the US off the proverbial ledge.

US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday a lot of progress had been made with Iran and that he was not looking for regime change in Iran.

According to the Times newspaper, Hunt had planned to send an FCO official to take part in the meeting in Brussels but later chose to attend in person to address the dangers in the way of continuing the nuclear deal. "If the country opposing them is a weak one, their arrogance works".

"I would suggest that Macron needs to broaden this even further and involve the Chinese. We hope and we invite Iran to reverse these steps and go back to full compliance with the agreement", Mogherini, adding that they were all reversible.

The EU asked Iran to comply with the 2015 nuclear deal by reversing the breach of nuclear enrichment limit but Iran asked the EU nations to do more. "Sending an envoy to Iran shows that he is very aware of the challenges", she said.

European parties to the pact decided on Monday not to trigger the deal's dispute mechanism in favor of pursuing more talks and avert any US-Iranian military conflict, but took no action to shield Iran against a sanctions clampdown by Trump. Farmanfarmaian says that the EU's response is to establish a multilateral approach. Indeed, as Bonne was wrapping up his meetings, President Trump tweeted that "sanctions will soon be increased, substantially!"

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