IAEA, EU underline need to support JCPOA

IRNA – The International Atomic Energy Agency and European Union have once again voiced support for the 2015 Iran nuclear deal with G5+1 officially known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

In the sixth annual meeting of senior officials of EU and IAEA in Vienna Thursday, the two sides reviewed the progress made in cooperation concerning one field of nuclear activities and agreed to upgrade such cooperation.

According to a statement published by IAEA, the two sides in the meeting once again voiced support for the JCPOA.

The statement said the EU high representative and coordinator of the joint JCPOA committee Federica Mogherini would remain in close contact with IAEA in connection with the implementation of the deal.

IAEA Chief Coordinator Cornel Feruta describing the EU as one of the important partner of the IAEA said the annual meetings between the senior officials of the two sides have played a key role in coordinating their activities.

Gerassimos Thomas, deputy director general – Directorate general of energy in the European Commission said that nuclear safety and security was a priority across Europe and the world.

The two sides also agreed to strengthen their cooperation particularly in the fields of education, research and development. The next meeting of the senior officials of EU and IAEA will be held in Luxembourg in early 2019.

The IAEA as the sole qualified nuclear watchdog has time and again confirmed Iran’s compliance with the JCPOA . The US administration under false excuses has accused Iran of breaching the JCPOA, giving the Congress and European Union 120 days to remove what it called the flaws in the deal.

In its latest report released on November 13, 2017, the IAEA for ninth consecutive time verified Iran’s adherence to all contents of the nuclear deal including the amount of its heavy water reserve, level of uranium enrichment and amount of enriched uranium reserve.

Senior EU officials including its foreign policy chief Mogherini on various occasions have reiterated the need for all parties including the US to remain committed to the JCPOA, reasoning that the JCPOA is an international pact and no country can end it.