JCPOA Joint Commission meeting in Vienna ends

IRNA – The meeting of the Joint Commission on JCPOA ended on Friday afternoon in Vienna after three and a half hours of talks of the remaining signatories to the deal.

It was the 12th meeting of the Joint Commission on JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) which began at 12:00 hours local time in Vienna.

Seven European countries—Austria, Belgium, Finland, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden—in a joint statement expressed their support for the efforts for implementation of INSTEX (Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges).

The mechanism was pledged by the European signatories to the deal when the US unilaterally withdrew from it. The UK, France and Germany vowed that they would cover the damages inflicted on Iran as a result of the withdrawal.

Inaction of Europe over the past year prompted Iran to reduce its commitments under the deal in May.

Abbas Araqchi, head of Iranian delegation at the meeting, is expected to answer reporters’ questions in a few minutes.