France and EU partners voice concerns over Iran deal

Iran – Iranian announcements on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – Statement by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Deputy Spokesperson

Paris, 8 May 2019

Iran has announced that it wants to restrict some of its commitments under the Vienna agreement on the Iranian nuclear programme (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, JCPOA).

France notes these statements with concern. It is determined to ensure that the agreement, which is central to the international non-proliferation system and to international security, is fully implemented.

It is important to avoid any actions which would prevent the parties currently committed to the agreement from implementing their obligations or which would fuel an escalation.

It therefore calls firmly on Iran to continue complying with all its nuclear obligations under the agreement and the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, and to refrain from any measures that would put it in breach of its commitments.

France recalls the statement by the E3 ministers and the High Representative on 4 May, which expressed deep regret over the re-imposition of sanctions by the United States following its withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

France remains determined to work towards preserving and maintaining Iran’s financial circuits and exports, together with third countries interested in supporting the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

France is in close contact with the other remaining participants in the agreement, in particular the European ones, to examine Iran’s announcements in detail./.

Iran – Joint statement by the High Representative of the European Union and the foreign ministers of France, Germany and the United Kingdom on the JCPOA

Paris, 9 May 2019

We note with great concern the statement made by Iran concerning its commitments under the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action).

We remain fully committed to the preservation and full implementation of the JCPOA, a key achievement of the global nuclear non-proliferation architecture, which is in the security interest of all.

We strongly urge Iran to continue to implement its commitments under the JCPOA in full as it has done until now and to refrain from any escalatory steps.

We reject any ultimatums and we will assess Iran’s compliance on the basis of Iran’s performance regarding its nuclear-related commitments under the JCPOA and the NPT (Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons). In this respect, we recall the key role of IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) monitoring and verification of the implementation by Iran of its nuclear-related commitments.

We also look to Iran to continue to adhere to established JCPOA formats and mechanisms including the JCPOA Joint Commission.

At the same time we recall our own firm commitments under the agreement including as regards sanctions-lifting for the benefit of the Iranian people. In this regard, we regret the re-imposition of sanctions by the United States following their withdrawal from the JCPOA.

We are determined to continue pursuing efforts to enable the continuation of legitimate trade with Iran, including through the operationalization of the special purpose vehicle INSTEX.

We call on countries not party to the JCPOA to refrain from taking any actions that impede the remaining parties’ ability to fully perform their commitments./.

Iran – Statement on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action by the High Representative of the European Union and the foreign ministers of France, Germany and the United Kingdom¹

Brussels, 4 May 2019

We, the High Representative of the European Union and the foreign ministers of France, Germany and the United Kingdom, take note with regret and concern of the decision by the United States not to extend waivers with regards to trade in oil with Iran. We also note with concern the decision by the United States not to fully renew waivers for nuclear non-proliferation projects in the framework of the JCPoA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action].

The lifting of nuclear-related sanctions is an essential part of the JCPoA – it aims at having a positive impact not only on trade and economic relations with Iran, but most importantly on the lives of the Iranian people. We deeply regret the reimposition of sanctions by the United States following their withdrawal from the JCPoA.

We remain deeply convinced that the JCPoA is key to increasing stability and security in the Middle East region.

Together, we emphasize our continued commitment to the JCPoA, a crucial element of the global nuclear non-proliferation regime and essential for our national and shared European security.

The JCPoA is working and delivering on its goal, as confirmed by the International Atomic Energy Agency in 14 reports.

We note Iran’s continued compliance with the JCPoA, as repeatedly confirmed by the IAEA. We call upon Iran to continue implementing in full its commitments under the JCPoA as well as its obligations under the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.

The remaining participants to the JCPoA are committed to working on the preservation and maintenance of financial channels and exports for Iran, together with third countries interested in supporting the JCPoA. We are determined to pursue efforts, together with other European partners, to enable the continuation of legitimate trade with Iran, including through the operationalization of the special-purpose vehicle INSTEX. In this regard, the shareholders are committed to significantly increasing their financial contributions to INSTEX’s operational budget. We encourage all countries, including Russia and China as JCPOA participants, to make their best efforts to pursue the legitimate trade that the agreement allows for, through concrete steps.

We recall the European Council conclusions adopted on 4 February 2019 and EU’s support for the development of EU-Iran relations in areas of common interest. Complementary to preserving the JCPoA, we support a comprehensive approach with Iran with a view to addressing all issues of concern including its contribution to regional instability and its missile activities./.

¹Source of English text: UK government website.

Published on 15/05/2019

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