Mogherini: EU determined to preserve Iran Deal

Vienna, May 11, IRNA - High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini expressed the European Union's determination to keep Iran nuclear deal in place.

Mogherini made the remarks Friday addressing the State of the Union conference organized by the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.

“And yet, it is exactly when things do not go well, that rationality, calm, predictability, respect, dialogue are most needed to avoid the worst case scenarios; to prevent conflicts to spiral out of control; to contain tensions; to preserve what is still working and delivering – as we are determined to do with the Iran Nuclear Deal,” she said.

'Our determination is to keep this agreement in place. Obviously we need the only country that can unilaterally destroy this agreement to stay committed, which is Iran,” she noted.

'This deal is not a bilateral treaty. It's a UN Security Council Resolution and it belongs to the entire world,” she added.

“I know that this is not the mood of our times. It seems that screaming, shouting, insulting and bullying, systematically destroying and dismantling everything that is already in place, is the mood of our times. While the secret of change – and we need change - is to put all energies not in destroying the old, but rather in building the new,” EU top diplomat said.

US President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that Washington would pull out of Iran nuclear deal and reinstate nuclear sanctions on Iran.

This is while most world powers including Russia, China, and European Union have repeatedly stressed that keeping the deal is in the interest of world peace and security.

Mogherini will on Tuesday 15 May in Brussels host a meeting with E3 Foreign Ministers (Germany, France, UK). This EU/E3 meeting will then be followed by a meeting of that same group with the Foreign Minister of Iran, Mohammad Javad Zarif.

She had earlier expressed regret on Tuesday over US decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal saying the European Union is to comply with the full implementation of the deal.

“The European Union regrets today's statement by the president of the United States on the nuclear deal with Iran [the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, JCPOA],” she said minutes after the US President Donald Trump announced his unilateral decision.


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