JCPOA Joint Commission convenes in Vienna

December 16, The Iran Project – The 10th meeting of the Joint Commission of the nuclear deal, clinched between Iran and the major world powers, opened in Vienna on Wednesday (Dec 13).

Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi and the secretary general of European External Action Service (EEAS), Helga Schmid, were chairing the meeting.

The regular Joint Commission of nuclear deal concluded with a statement that welcomed Iran’s full adherence to its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal, stressing the need for its effective implementation in a constructive atmosphere.

While in Vienna, Araqchi also held talks with Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano.

The two sides discussed cooperation between Iran and the nuclear watchdog as well as implementation of Iran nuclear accord.

During the meeting, Araqchi stressed the need for continuation of professional work and impartiality by the IAEA during verification of Iran’s commitments under the deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Speaking to reporters at the end of a joint commission about JCPOA, Araqchi said the parties to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal have protested the US breach of its commitments under the agreement during a meeting of a commission tasked with monitoring commitments to the accord.

“All members of the P5+1 [group] explicitly protested to the US and stressed that it should fully and precisely implement its commitments,” Araqchi added.

Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at the end of the meeting that the parties discussed in detail the implementation of the agreement and reaffirmed their commitment to its “consistent implementation.”

“The Joint Commission welcomed Iran’s strict compliance with its obligations under the agreement, which is regularly confirmed by IAEA,” Zakharova said.

“The Joint Commission members have confirmed unanimously that the JCPOA is based on the fundamental principle of reciprocity, which, in particular, is aimed at promoting the normalization of international trade and economic cooperation with Tehran. Russia’s representatives stressed that neglect of this principle by one of the parties to the agreement puts the agreement’s future into jeopardy,” she noted.