Germany reiterates full JCPOA commitment, regrets US withdrawal

Germany has reiterated its full commitment to a multilateral nuclear agreement signed between Iran and major world powers in 2015, saying the United States’ move to pull out of the agreement is "regrettable."

13 October 2020
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Germany has reiterated its full commitment to a multilateral nuclear agreement signed between Iran and major world powers in 2015, saying the United States’ move to pull out of the agreement is "regrettable."

In a post on its Twitter page on Monday, Germany’s mission to the United Nations said Berlin “remains fully committed to preservation & full implementation” of the nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and UN Security Council Resolution 2231, which endorses the accord.

It added that the US “withdrawal from the “JCPOA & its re-imposed sanctions [against Iran] are regrettable.”

The mission further expressed Germany's concern about measures by Iran "contrary to key nuclear-related provisions in JCPOA," referring to Tehran's suspension of some of its commitments under the deal, in response to the failure of the other signatories to live up to their obligations stipulated in the accord.   

US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew Washington from Iran Deal in May 2018, and unleashed the “toughest ever” sanctions against the Islamic Republic in defiance of global criticism.

Following its much-criticized exit, Washington has been attempting to prevent the remaining signatories from abiding by their commitments and thus kill the historic agreement, which is widely viewed as a fruit of international diplomacy.

Iran remained fully compliant with the JCPOA for an entire year, waiting for the co-signatories to fulfill their end of the bargain by offsetting the impacts of American bans on the Iranian economy.

But as the European parties failed to do so, the Islamic Republic moved in May 2019 to suspend its JCPOA commitments under Articles 26 and 36 of the deal covering Tehran’s legal rights.

Iran took five steps in scaling back its obligations, among them abandoning operational limitations on its nuclear industry, including with regard to the capacity and level of uranium enrichment.

All those measures were adopted after informing the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) beforehand, with the agency's inspectors present on the ground in Iran.

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