Berlin faithful to full implementation of Iran nuclear deal: Statement

Vienna, Jan 13, IRNA – German Federal Foreign Office in a statement on Friday evening stressed continuation of full implementation of the July 2015 deal to which Berlin is loyal.

Germany will negotiate with its European partners about the next steps towards the issue, the statement said in response to the Friday decision made by the US President Donald Trump to waive sanctions against Iran for the third time.

US president, who had said his administration would decertify the nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran, decided on Friday to extend the sanctions waiver to the country for the third time as a part of the deal.

'…, we want to protect (the deal) against every possible decision that might undermine it,' German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel was quoted by the foreign media as saying on Thursday after a meeting, held in Brussels alongside the French and British foreign ministers and the EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, with the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

The White House announced on Friday that US President Donald Trump certified Iran’s sanctions relief for the last time and if the amendments intended by him regarding the Sunset Clause as well as intensified monitoring and adding Iran’s missile issue to the 2015 nuclear deal, are not included in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), he will quit the deal.

Meanwhile, concurrent with Trump’s decision, United States Department of the Treasury in an unfair and hostile move added 14 other Iranian individuals and institutes to the list of the sanctions under the pretext of human rights violation and involvement in missile program.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), that has been recognized as the only qualified entity to oversee Iran's performance, has certified the country's commitment to the nuclear deal nine times.

Under the deal signed by the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany in 2015, Iran accepted to curb its peaceful nuclear activities in exchange for economic sanctions relief.

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