October 16, The Iran Project – Following the US President Donald Trump new strategy toward Iran and decertifying Tehran’s commitment to the 2015 nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) several top global leaders have voiced their support for the agreement.
On Sunday (Oct 16) High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, British Prime Minister Theresa May, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat as well as Denmark’s Ambassador to Iran Danny Annan expressed their strong support from JCPOA.
Mogherini said she expected strong backing from European foreign ministers for the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and G5+1 that Trump has repeatedly criticized.
She said in the foreign ministers meeting held in Luxembourg, “It’s an agreement that is working. It’s an agreement that we need for our security, and I would expect from the ministers today a strong signal of European unity and its support and the full commitment to have it implemented by all sides.”
Meanwhile, Johnson once again expressed support for the July 2015 Iran nuclear accord.
In a telephone conversation with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif for the second time over the past few days, the British foreign secretary said that all parties have to comply with the deal.
Also, May and Merkel vowed to support the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) over phone on Sunday.
In another development, Mahamat in a statement stressed that AU is fully supportive of the Iran nuclear deal, adding that the nuclear agreement was a victory for multilateral diplomacy.
Denmark’s Annan reiterated that All European Union member-states know that according to confirmation of International Atomic Energy Agency, Islamic Republic of Iran had fully implemented its commitments in JCPOA.
The ambassador said statement of Trump on decertifying Iran’s nuclear deal ‘surprised us’.
Moreover, French President Emmanuel Macron in a joint statement with May and Merkel on Friday (Oct 13) reaffirmed the commitment to the accord.
On the same day, Macron, who had a call with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, discussed with him a potential trip to Iran, which would be the first by a French leader since the 1979 revolution, according to AFP. Le Drian will travel to Tehran over the next weeks.