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Belgium: 'Not in the best of health but still alive' - Mogherini on Iranian nuclear deal

1 15.07.2019 Инфо

W/S Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, heading to speak, Brussels
C/U Journalists *CUTAWAY*
W/S Mogherini standing to talk
SOT, Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy: "First of all we had a good discussion on how to continue our work to preserve in full the nuclear deal with Iran. We have had unanimity among member states on the needs to, on one side make it faster and more operational the instrument we've put in place, Instex [instrument for support of trade exchanges] to have a legitimate trade with Iran with a number of member states we have shown their willingness to become shareholders of this instrument and also the possibility for non-member states to join, but also to continue working for Iran's return to full compliance with the nuclear deal."
C/U Journalist *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy: "For the time being, none of the parties to the agreement has signalled their intention to invoke this article, which means that none of them is, for the moment, for the time being, with the current data we have had, in particular from the IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency], that the non-compliance is considered to be significant non-compliance. We have also noticed that all the steps that have been taken by Iran, that we regret and that we invite Iran to withdraw and go back to full compliance, I want to be clear on that. We want to see Iran going back to full compliance, as it has been in these years. But we note that technically all the steps that have been taken, and we regret have been taken, are reversible. So we hope and we invite Iran to reverse these steps and to go back to full compliance with the agreements."
C/U Journalist *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy: "Everybody including those who were more critical about the agreement are today urging Iran to respect the deal, even those who were criticising the deal as not being effective. The reality is that the deal has avoided that Iran developed a nuclear weapon, so it has been effective and I think that today everybody recognises that there is no alternative today to that deal and so it's extremely important to keep it in place at full. I can also say that a full implementation of the agreement, to which we are definitely committed as Europeans, and I would say as an international community at large, is also key in keeping the situation as calm as possible in the region and avoiding escalation in a critical region for our security."
W/S Mogherini standing to talk *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (French): "Well on the nuclear agreement with Iran, it's not in the best of health, but it's still alive, I'd say. Now it's probably not appropriate to speculate at this juncture, to talk about how many months, days, hours or even years that it has ahead of it. But let me emphasise that it's true that we're at a very complicated stage, things are more difficult than ever since the deal was signed four years ago on the 14th of July, Bastille Day, in fact, and it's probably now at the most difficult juncture in its history. But the agreement is still in place, the JCPOA, and it's the tool that we are using to try to solve the nuclear question with Iran. Now I can't say if we're at the eleventh hour at the moment, I hope not, because there are rational reasons for it to remain, and those are shared by all actors who are part of the deal and even those who are not or are no longer part of the deal."
C/U Journalist *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy: "We know that all our activities would probably not compensate or not get to the level of compensation that follows the decision of the United States. Still, our intention is to try to mitigate the impact of the United States' decision to re-impose sanctions and to stop implementing the agreement. So we're trying our best to mitigate the impact of the US decisions to compensate as far as we can in the market system we're living in."
M/S Journalists *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy: "Even if I think this is the most dramatic and difficult time, I also think that today everybody realises that not having the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action] in place anymore would be a terrible option for everybody, including those that have decided to get out. So I prefer to encourage positive developments rather than using the mental category of fighting or pushing back or, you know, at the end of the day it's an effort to hold pieces together sometimes, and this has been what we've been doing and this is what we'll continue to do."
W/S Mogherini leaving press conference
SCRIPT
High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, held a press conference in Brussels on Monday, where matters related to the nuclear deal with Iran were addressed.
Mogherini remarked that the nuclear agreement with Iran, "it's not in the best of health, but it's still alive," highlighting that the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) has avoided Iran from developing a nuclear weapon and therefore, considered it "effective."
The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy remarked that not having the deal in place would be a terrible option for everybody and that everybody recognised that there was no alternative today to that deal.
Monday's press conference comes after discussions following a meeting of the Joint Commission of the JCPOA on June 28 and the recent announcement by Tehran that it was breaching the uranium enrichment limit set in the deal in the wake of the US withdrawal from the agreement.