Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

European Union top diplomats to follow through JCPOA

European Union top diplomats to follow through JCPOA

"With such destructive measures, the American government is trying to influence the will and decision of the remaining signatories of the JCPOA (nuclear agreement)", Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said, according to Fars news agency.

Major European powers and Tehran have committed to keep working together to save the Iran nuclear deal despite USA president Donald Trump's determination to kill it off. "We are on the right track ... a lot will depend on what we can do in next few weeks", he said.

Meanwhile, the United States treasury has already imposed new sanctions on the governor of the Iranian central bank, Valiollah Seif, and the Iraq-based Al-Bilad Islamic Bank -for allegedly moving millions of dollars to Hezbollah on behalf of Iran's Revolutionary Guards. Analysts say Kerry is blurring the line between legitimate advocacy and illegitimate efforts to sabotage the actions of a sitting USA government.

"They said that they would ensure Iran enjoys the benefits of the JCPOA and they accepted that the implementation of the JCPOA has nothing to do with other issues", he said, referring to Iran's demand that talks on saving the deal must not be linked to pressure on its missile programme and regional interventions.

Iran has said it may start enriching uranium again if it can no longer see any economic benefit from sticking to the deal, which lifted earlier global sanctions on the Islamic Republic in exchange for it curbing its nuclear ambitions.

Iranian officials have threatened to resume enrichment.

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The European Union together with Britain, France and Germany support further implementation of the nuclear agreement with Iran, despite the USA decision to withdraw from it.

His decision have left the future of the internationally signed Nuclear Deal with Iran in question.

EU foreign-policy chief Federica Mogherini said on May 15 that European commissioners will first discuss whether the EU's 1990s-era sanctions-blocking measures can be used to protect European business interests in Iran before leaders at the summit take up the matter. Thus, France's state-owned investment bank Bpifrance offered a plan of providing Iranian purchasers of French goods and services with euro-denominated export guarantees.

"The thing is that the [US] threats to impose fines and disconnect from the dollar system would have made sense for European companies involved in business with Iran... if there were no alternatives to the USA currency and the United States financial system", Danilov explained.

The commission is expected to unveil them to European Union leaders at a summit in Sofia, Bulgaria, on Wednesday.

While the focus of Tuesday's talks was on salvaging the nuclear deal, European Union diplomats said they needed some time to clarify the USA policy on sanctions, but also generally towards Iran.

"As you know very well, we have many other disagreements", she said.

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