UK, Germany, France stress commitment to Iran’s nuclear deal

LONDON, Leaders of the UK, France and Germany affirmed on Tuesday their commitment to the nuclear agreement with Iran, considering it as important for Europe’s shared security.

In a joint statement issued by Britain’s Prime Minister Teresa May, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel and France’s President Emmanuel Macron, they said: “It is with regret and concern that we, the Leaders of France, Germany and the United Kingdom take note of President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States of America from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA).

“Together, we emphasise our continuing commitment to the JCPoA. This agreement remains important for our shared security. We recall that the JCPoA was unanimously endorsed by the UN Security Council in resolution 2231,” according to the statement published on the UK government website.

It added that this resolution remains the binding international legal framework for the resolution of the dispute about the Iranian nuclear programme.

“We urge all sides to remain committed to its full implementation and to act in a spirit of responsibility.” According to the IAEA, Iran continues to abide by the restrictions set out by the JCPoA, in line with its obligations under the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, the statement noted.

“The world is a safer place as a result. Therefore we, the E3, will remain parties to the JCPoA. Our governments remain committed to ensuring the agreement is upheld, and will work with all the remaining parties to the deal to ensure this remains the case including through ensuring the continuing economic benefits to the Iranian people that are linked to the agreement,” they pointed out in the statement.

The three leaders urge the US to ensure that the structures of the JCPoA can remain intact, and to avoid taking action, which obstructs its full implementation by all other parties to the deal, according to the statement.

“After engaging with the US Administration in a thorough manner over the past months, we call on the US to do everything possible to preserve the gains for nuclear non-proliferation brought about by the JCPoA, by allowing for a continued enforcement of its main elements,” they made clear.

They encourage Iran to show restraint in response to the decision by the US; Tehran must continue to meet its own obligations under the deal, cooperating fully and in a timely manner with IAEA inspection requirements, it said.

The IAEA must be able to go on to carry out its long-term verification and monitoring programme without restriction or hindrance, it stated.

In turn, Iran should continue to receive the sanctions relief it is entitled to whilst it remains in compliance with the terms of the deal.

US President Donald Trump announced earlier today the withdrawal from the deal and re-imposing sanctions on Tehran. It is feared that the move will led to wide repercussions on Iran and the US-European ties.

Source: Kuwait News Agency