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Commitment to Iran nuclear conclusion mutual issue: EU group

Dozens of current and former European Union (EU) officials have supported the nuclear conclusion reached between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries but say compliance with the agreement is a mutual issue.

In a statement released on Friday, over 70 European political, diplomatic and military figures said the conclusion on July 14 provides a framework for an end to the Western dispute with Iran over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.

On July 14, Iran and the P5+1 countries – the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia plus Germany – finalized the text of an agreement, dubbed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in the Austrian capital of Vienna.

Stressing that the agreement is a two-way street, the statement said, “If we expect Iran to honor its commitment, we must be ready to deliver on our part of the bargain.”

Diplomats from Iran, the P5+1 group of countries, and the EU pose for a group picture at the United Nations building in Vienna, Austria, on July 14, 2015. © AP

Under the JCPOA, limits are put on Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for a set of commitments by the P5+1, including the removal of all economic and financial bans against the Islamic Republic.

The EU statement urged all parties to implement the agreement and called on the international community to throw its weight behind it.

“We urge all the parties to implement it in good faith and call on all European states and the wider international community to support it,” it said.

It also described the agreement as a step toward restoration of security in the Middle East, saying it will open the way for broader cooperation on regional and international security issues.

The JCPOA turned into an international document after the UN Security Council on July 22 unanimously endorsed a resolution, under which the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will continue to verify Iran’s compliance with its nuclear-related commitments under the JCPOA.

The current and former EU officials who signed the statement are members of a London-based think-tank known as the European Leadership Network, which focuses on Europe’s foreign, defense and security issues.

By Press TV