Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said there was solid consensus on the need for preserving the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in a meeting he had with the European Union’s diplomatic chief and the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany on Thursday.
“Strong consensus in Brussels today,” Zarif said in a Twitter post after the meeting,
Iran is complying with the JCPOA and the Iranian people have every right to all its dividends, he added.
The Iranian top diplomat also reiterated that any move that undermines JCPOA is unacceptable and that the “E3 and EU (are) fully aware that Iran’s continued compliance (is) conditioned on full compliance by the US.”
The European officials who attended the meeting also underlined support for preserving the Iran nuclear deal.
European Union’s diplomatic chief, Federica Mogherini insisted that the Iran nuclear deal “is working” and that it is vital to preserve the agreement.
“The deal is working, it is delivering on its main goal which means keeping the Iranian nuclear program in check and under close surveillance,” Mogherini said.
The British foreign minister, Boris Johnson, said that so far no-one has come up with a better alternative.
“We greatly value the JCPOA, the nuclear deal with Iran, we think it is a considerable diplomatic accomplishment,” Johnson said, stressing that “Iran is in compliance with this agreement according to the International Atomic Energy Agency.”
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said Europe wanted to protect the deal “against every possible undermining decision”.