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EU, IAEA reaffirm commitment to Iran deal in joint statement

4bmuddf70c583fn3lm_800c450The European Union (EU) and the United Nations’ nuclear agency have reaffirmed their support for the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and six other countries.

Media outlets reported on Friday that the two sides had communicated the stance in a joint statement a day earlier following the fifth meeting of their senior officials.

The deal, officially titled the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was reached after hard diplomatic work by the Islamic Republic and the P5+1 group of countries, comprising the US, the UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany. Under the accord, all nuclear-related sanctions on Iran were terminated, and Iran in return agreed to apply certain limits to its nuclear program and provide enhanced access to international monitors to its nuclear facilities.

In their joint statement, the EU and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) “reaffirmed support for the JCPOA based on their respective mandates,” the joint release read, detailing the outcome of the EU-IAEA summit.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini “will remain in close contact with the IAEA regarding continued implementation of the agreement” in her capacity as coordinator of the Joint Commission established under the JCPOA, the statement added.

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