Iran Deal needs to be preserved, Trump deal not possible: Borrell

EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell has once again called for efforts to save the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.

19 July 2020
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EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell has once again called for efforts to save the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.

"We need to preserve the Iran deal and I will continue to work in my role as coordinator of the Joint Commission," Borrell tweeted on Saturday mentioning the commission which is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the agreement under the terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) also known as Iran Deal.

"I am frankly convinced that we need to preserve this deal,” Borrell said in a video he shared on twitter of his address to the annual Mediterranean Dialogues 2020 conference.

“The idea that we can build another deal and we call it Trump deal is not possible”, the diplomat said.

"It took 12 years to break the differences and to cut a deal. It was a big success for effective multilateralism and it has been a success because the JCPOA has delivered on its promises."

Josep Borrell highlighted that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had in 15 consecutive reports confirmed that Iran has met all their nuclear obligations until June 2019.

Borrell emphasized that no administration, even in the United States, would be able to put on the table a peaceful alternative to the JCPOA.

The deal was reached between Iran and a group of countries then known as the Group 5+1 — which included the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China, and Germany — on July 14, 2015. However, in May 2018, US President Donald Trump unilaterally pulled his country out of the JCPOA and re-imposed the sanctions that had been lifted under the deal.

Verified by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Iran remained fully compliant with the JCPOA for an entire year, waiting for the co-signatories to honor their commitments and offset the impacts of the US withdrawal.

But, as the European parties continued to renege on their obligations, the Islamic Republic moved in May 2019 to suspend its JCPOA commitments under articles of the deal covering Tehran’s legal rights in case of non-compliance by the other side. 

 

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