0745 GMT October 31, 2020
The signatories to the Iran nuclear deal are “united” to preserve the landmark agreement, a senior European Union official said on Tuesday after a meeting in Vienna, where the remaining parties discussed ways to save the accord.
The deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), has been faltering since the United States abandoned it in 2018 and reimposed tough sanctions on Iran. Tehran stopped abiding by parts to its nuclear commitments in retaliation a year after Washington’s withdrawal.
The JCPOA Joint Commission meeting was co-chaired by Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Seyyed Abbas Araqchi and European External Action Service Secretary-General Helga Schmid and attended by representatives from the remaining parties to the nuclear deal – France, Britain, Germany, Russia and China.
“Important to see that participants are united in resolve to preserve the #IranDeal and find a way to ensure full implementation of the agreement despite current challenges,” Schmid tweeted after the meeting.
Russia's Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov noted on Twitter that JCPOA members are “fully committed to the nuclear deal”.
“The meeting of the Joint Commission on #JCPOA today in Vienna demonstrated that its participants are fully committed to the nuclear deal and are determined to do their best to preserve it,” Ulyanov said.
The meeting comes as the United States is bidding to restore international sanctions on the Islamic Republic and extend an arms embargo.
The United Nations last week blocked the US bid to reimpose international sanctions on Iran, while Washington also failed to rally enough support to extend the arms embargo set to start to lapse from October.
The JCPOA Joint Commission meeting is also being held few days after the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Rafael Grossi traveled to Iran on his first trip since taking up the top post last year.
At the end of the two-day trip by the IAEA chief, Iran and the UN agency issued a joint statement on agreements and the results of high-level talks between the two sides.
“After intensive bilateral consultations, Iran and the IAEA reached an agreement on the resolution of the Safeguards implementation issues specified by the IAEA, in good faith. In this regard, Iran is voluntarily providing the IAEA with access to the two locations specified by the IAEA and facilitating the IAEA verification activities to resolve these issues,” the statement said.
AFP and Press TV contributed to this story.