Mogherini: JCPOA, a victory for both Iran, Europe

IRNA – High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini said Iran nuclear deal also known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is a victory for both Iran and Europe.

‘We won and the Iranian people won – this is the kind of result that is only possible through diplomacy and mediation. When you chose the win-win over the confrontation,’ Mogherini said Tuesday at the award ceremony of the Kaiser-Otto-Preis 2017 in Madgeburg, Germany.

‘But in our difficult, complex and small world, peace and security in Europe are connected to peace and security in our region and in the rest of the world,’ European External Action Service (EEAS) quoted Mogherini as saying.

‘So, the European Union has to be a global force for peace, because this is first and foremost our own interest. We will not be safe, we will not be secure, we will not be strong, our economy would not be prosperous, if the rest of our region and the rest of the world will not find a certain stability, security, prosperity and peace.’

‘And preserving the nuclear deal with Iran is our own interest, as well as the world’s interest.’

‘Two years ago, we managed to find a win-win solution to one of the most complex and dangerous issues of our times.’

‘We created an effective monitoring system, to make sure that Iran’s nuclear programme could only have peaceful purposes. In over two years, there have been no violations of any of the commitments taken by Iran, and the IAEA – the International Atomic Energy Agency – has verified eight times, with hundreds of inspections, that Iran is implementing, fully, the deal.’

‘The agreement was endorsed unanimously by the UN Security Council, and so it belongs to the whole world, to the whole international community. No country can terminate it alone simply because no single country can terminate alone a UN Security Council Resolution.’

‘I cannot forget – I think no one of us can forget – another thing we achieved on that day: the win-win. We celebrated an agreement that was making us safer. I will always remember the images of the Iranian people – young people but also elderly people – celebrating the deal in the streets of their cities.’