Iran urges Europe to remain committed to nuclear deal after US exit

By: | Published: May 20, 2018 12:45 AM

The Head of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI) urged the European countries to remain committed to their promises pertaining to the Iranian 2015 nuclear deal.

iran, us, nuclear deal, eu, european unionSalehi made the remarks in the joint press conference with the visiting EU’s energy chief Miguel Arias Canete. (Reuters)

The Head of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI) urged the European countries to remain committed to their promises pertaining to the Iranian 2015 nuclear deal.

Ali Akbar Salehi expressed the hope that the European Union (EU) will fulfill its pledges to secure Iran’s interests, which were made in the recent meetings with the Iranian delegation in Brussels, Xinhua news agency reported.

Salehi made the remarks in the joint press conference with the visiting EU’s energy chief Miguel Arias Canete.

The EU’s efforts to save the nuclear contract show that the deal, also known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), is a very important agreement for the region and the world, Salehi said.

However, if the Europeans fail to undertake their obligations, Iran has to press ahead with its peaceful nuclear developments with full determination, he said.

The Iranian official noted that the EU and the Iranian authorities have also discussed to replace US dollar with euro in their trade transactions, and that the EU has taken initial steps in this regard.

The US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement, once more, proved to the world that Washington is not reliable in implementing its international obligations, said Salehi.

US’ exit from the deal may cause some problems, but it will not be able to cause serious ones, he stressed.

Also, Canete stressed that preserving the nuclear deal is of significance for global and regional peace.

EU has sent a message to the Iranian friends that as long as they are sticking to the agreement, the Europeans will remain committed, Canete said, adding that the EU bloc hopes to boost trade with Iran.

US President Donald Trump decided earlier this month to quit Iran’s nuclear deal and vowed to re-impose sanctions, including oil embargo, on Tehran.

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