EU’s Borrell voices support for JCPOA after receiving Iran’s letter

Tasnim – EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell, who is the coordinator of the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), expressed support for the preservation of the accord after receiving a letter from Iran.

It “is a historic achievement for global nuclear non-proliferation contributing to regional and global security,” Borrell said on Friday.

The EU’s top diplomat added that he remained determined to preserve it, AP reported.

In a statement on Friday, Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Mousavi said Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has sent a letter to Borrell to criticize the violation of the JCPOA by the UK, France and Germany.

“Following the irresponsible and illegal measure by the three European states (Germany, the UK, and France) to initiate a draft resolution at the International Atomic Energy Agency Board of Governors and also the continuation of non-compliance with the international commitments under the JCPOA and the resolutions passed by the (JCPOA) Joint Commission, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran yesterday sent a letter to Mr. Borrell, the European Union Foreign Policy Chief and the JCPOA coordinator, and once again referred the cases of the European countries’ non-compliance according to Article 36 of the JCPOA to the Joint Commission for settlement,” Mousavi said.

Foreign Minister Zarif has emphasized in the letter that “any interference in the ongoing Safeguards cooperation between Iran and the IAEA would run counter to the JCPOA and could have negative effects on the principles of the existing Safeguards cooperation,” he added.

In June, the IAEA Board of Governors adopted a resolution calling on Iran to fully cooperate with the IAEA in implementing its NPT Safeguards Agreement and Additional Protocol and satisfy the IAEA’s requests without further delay.

The resolution, submitted by France, Germany and the UK, was adopted by a vote of 25 to 2 with 7 abstentions.