Europe supports Iran and asks to avoid an escalation of tension

The European Union (EU) expresses its full support for the nuclear agreement between Iran and the 5+1 Group and calls for the avoidance of an escalation of tensions with Tehran.

“We continue to support [the nuclear agreement] as much as we can with all our means and all the political will that we have,” the head of EU diplomacy, Federica Mogherini, confirmed on Monday to journalists in Brussels, the Belgian capital, which houses the headquarters of the EU bloc.

Italian policy has also called on “the rival powers” to avoid any escalation of tension in relation to the pact signed in 2015 by Iran and the 5+1 Group (then made up of the US, the UK, France, Russia and China, plus Germany), whose validity is in danger following Washington’s sabotage.

Mogherini’s statements come shortly before a planned meeting with the foreign ministers of the United Kingdom (Jeremy Hunt), France (Jean-Yves Le Drian) and Germany (Heiko Maas) to discuss the latest developments related to this agreement, among other matters.

Regarding the trip of the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, to Brussels to hold meetings with European leaders on the same day on “urgent issues”, specifically Iran, the head of European Diplomacy has indicated that she was informed of the trip last night and that they will have a “tight agenda” for the whole day today. “He [Pompeo] is always welcome of course, but there is no precise plan at the moment,” he added.
Pompeo will continue his journey by travelling to Russia, where he will hold meetings to discuss Iran with Russian President Vladimir Putin and his chancellor Sergey Lavrov. Appointments are scheduled for Tuesday in the city of Sochi.

US President Donald Trump announced on 8 May 2018 his country’s withdrawal from the Comprehensive Joint Action Plan (PIAC or JCPOA), the official name of the pact, and reactivated all sanctions on Iran, a unilateral measure criticized by the international community, except for some US allies, such as the Israeli regime.

Just on the first anniversary of the US exit from the nuclear agreement, Iranian President Hasan Rohani announced that the country will stop fulfilling some of its commitments under the pact in response to the inaction of its European partners in the face of Washington’s unilateral sanctions. It also set a 60-day deadline for its European partners to meet responsibilities acquired with Tehran under the nuclear agreement.

Although Europe rejected Iran’s “ultimatum,” it promised to “work to safeguard the pact. The non-European signatories to the agreement, Russia and China, consider Tehran’s decision to be Washington’s fault.

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