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EU pledges commitment to Iran’s nuclear deal, regrets Trump decision

The European Union (EU)’s foreign policy chief has reiterated its support for the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, saying it “regrets” US President Donald Trump’s decision on Tuesday to withdraw his country from the agreement.

“The JCPOA, unanimously endorsed by UN Security Council Resolution 2231, is a key element of the global nuclear non-proliferation architecture and is crucial for the security of the region,” Federica Mogherini said in a statement on Wednesday, using an acronym for the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

According to Press TV, the statement added “As long as Iran continues to implement its nuclear related commitments, as it has been doing so far and has been confirmed by the International Atomic Energy Agency in 10 consecutive reports, the EU will remain committed to the continued full and effective implementation of the nuclear deal.”

The JCPOA came out of years of negotiations between Iran on one side and the 5+1 group, namely the US, Russia, China, Germany, France and Britain, on the other, in July 2015.

After criticizing the agreement for months, Trump on Tuesday officially declared that his country is pulling out of the JCPOA, saying Washington will not only reinstate the anti-Iran sanctions that were lifted as part of the deal, but will also “be instituting the highest level of economic” bans against the Islamic Republic.

Mogherini said the EU did not support Trump’s decision to reinstate the bans and would work instead to make sure Iranian and European businesses can enjoy the freedoms provided under the JCPOA.

“The lifting of nuclear related sanctions is an essential part of the agreement. The EU has repeatedly stressed that the sanctions lifting has a positive impact on trade and economic relations with Iran. The EU stresses its commitment to ensuring that this can continue to be delivered,” she added.

Hailing the deal as “the culmination of 12 years of diplomacy,” Mogherini said the accord was working and the EU was determined to preserve it.

Trump made the decision despite numerous reports by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that confirm Iran’s compliance to the landmark agreement.

Putin ‘concerned’ by Trump’s decision

Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed “deep concern” over the move, his Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday.

Shortly after Trump’s announcement, the Russian Foreign Ministry lamented the move “to unilaterally refuse to carry out commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action,” adding Washington’s actions were “trampling on the norms of international law.”