EU's Borrell: US sanctions prevented Iran from benefiting JCPOA
EU’s top official for foreign affairs, Josep Borrell, said participants at the 15th meeting of the joint commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) stressed the re-imposition of US sanctions did not allow Iran to reap the full benefits arising from sanctions-lifting.
He also said that “all participants reaffirmed the importance of preserving the agreement recalling that it is a key element of the global nuclear non-proliferation architecture,” The Associated Press reported.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Seyyed Abbas Araghchi told reporters on the sidelines of the meeting that Iran still remains “open to any initiative which can ensure Iran’s dividends of the JCPOA.”
“We are fully prepared to reverse the steps we have taken so far in return for the fulfillment of the other side’s commitments in the JCPOA,” he said.
The joint commission meeting was held at the level of deputy foreign ministers and director generals of P4+1, with the representatives of EU, Germany, France, Russia, China, the UK, and Iran in attendance.
The meeting was co-chaired by Abbas Araghchi and European External Action Service Secretary General Helga Schmid.