EU's Borrell calls for saving JCPOA
High Representative for Foreign Policy and Vice President-designate of the European Commission urged the EU to preserve Iran's nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)
Iran Press/Europe: "The European Union must continue promoting the extension of the non-proliferation nuclear treaty and preserving the nuclear agreement with Iran," Josep Borrell Fontelles wrote in his Twitter account.
Earlier, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the Europeans are not in a position to pull out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Zarif described the JCPOA as an international agreement that has been endorsed by the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231 and has a clear framework, saying the US has pulled out of the deal violating international law.
Europeans have failed to implement their commitments and in some cases violated the deal, he noted. In response to such measures, Iran has taken remedial steps to reduce its commitments to the JCPOA, Iran Press reported.
He added, Europe is not able to withdraw from the nuclear deal. On the first anniversary of the US withdrawal from the deal on May 8, 2019, Tehran decided to reduce its commitments to the JCPOA, based on Article 26 and 36 and set a deadline for Europeans to honour their commitments.
Iran says it is acting under the provisions of Paragraph 36 of the JCPOA which provides the country with the right to reduce its nuclear commitments as the US has withdrawn from the deal and the other parties are not honouring their commitments.