Preliminary remarks by Federica MOGHERINI, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, following the Informal Meeting of Foreign Affairs Ministers (Gymnich), on 31 August 2018 in Vienna.
European Union’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says the 28-nation bloc would continue its work to preserve a 2015 multilateral nuclear agreement Iran signed with the P5+1 group of countries after the US unilateral move to pull out from the deal.
Mogherini made the remarks while speaking at a press conference in Vienna on Friday following an informal meeting of foreign affairs ministers of the EU states (Gymnich).
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) released its latest report analyzing Tehran’s conformity with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—known commonly as the Iran nuclear deal—on Thursday, revealing that the country continues to hold up its side of the treaty, according to Radio Free Europe.
Ranking diplomats from Iran and Britain are going to hold a fresh round of bilateral negotiations in Tehran on Saturday.
A junior British minister will arrive in Tehran on Friday to discuss the future of Iran’s international nuclear deal, in the first visit to the country by a UK minister since U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from the 2015 agreement.
Junior Foreign Minister Alistair Burt is making the visit as Britain and other European signatories to the deal try to keep it alive, despite Trump’s reimposition of sanctions on Tehran.
An anonymous high-level Israel intel source was quoted in the Israeli media Aug. 7 as saying that the renewed US sanctions imposed this week on Iran “will bring Iran to its knees.’’ The source also argued that chances are good that the country will be forced to return to the negotiating table with the six world powers that cut the nuclear agreement and agree to a modification and to limitations on its continued expansion in the Middle East.
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The amendment follows intense lobbying of the German government and the central bank by the U.S. to stop the Islamic Republic from claiming the assets in what U.S. diplomats think is a desperate scramble to boost Iran’s foreign reserves and shore up its own currency after Washington pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal.
Effective August 25, the amended rules create new powers to block transactions if their execution could threaten “to end important relationships with central banks and financial institutions of third countries,” according to a copy of the rules provided by the Bundesbank on Friday.
One possibility is direct negotiations between Washington and Tehran. Trump has indicated he believes his hard line will prompt Iran to seek a “bigger deal” with Washington, telling a press briefing at this month’s NATO summit that Tehran “at some point will call me and ask for a deal, and we’ll make a deal.“ However, Trump needs to understand that his current strategy forecloses opportunities for diplomatic compromise because, as Rouhani’s “mother of all wars” statement shows, Iran’s leaders are unlikely to accept the humiliation – and the blow to national pride – of a complete surrender to Trump’s threats and pressure.
Another option is that the JCPOA continues without the United States.
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Iran agreed a long-term deal on its nuclear programme with the P5+1 group of world powers – the US, UK, France, China, Russia and Germany in 2015 under which Tehran agreed to limit its sensitive nuclear activities and allow in international inspectors in return for the lifting of crippling economic sanctions.
The leader of the Islamic Revolution referred to the repeated mention of unreliability of the US by Iranian officials and stated: „I have always been insisting that we cannot trust the words or even signatures of the U.S. authorities. Hence, negotiating with the US is useless.“
The leader of the Islamic Revolution regarded activation of unexploited or not properly-exploited capacities in the country as important and added: „Negotiations with Europe can go on; but we must not linger, waiting for the European pack. Meanwhile multiple necessary tasks within the country must be carried out.”
Having long derided the Iran nuclear deal as “defective,” Trump during the Helsinki summit stood alongside Putin as the Russian president spoke of “lamentable consequences” if the treaty was not maintained.
The US has rejected pleas from the EU to grant exemptions to European firms from the sanctions on Iran that will start to be reinstated next month.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin wrote in a letter that they wanted to exert „unprecedented“ pressure on Tehran.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said here Sunday that Europe must provide Tehran with necessary guarantees about their commitment to the implementation of the Iranian nuclear deal, Press TV reported.
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(12.5.2018) Clinton said Thursday in Australia that pulling out of the agreement will make it more difficult to successfully negotiate with North Korea.
She added that the withdrawal „makes America less safe and less trusted“ and said that the United States‘ „credibility is shot.“
Gorka, a Fox News national security strategist, said Clinton was the worst secretary of state the United States has ever had.
He added that Clinton seems to be living in a „paranoid, alternate universe.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is reportedly scheduled to visit China later this week to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit along with his Chinese and Russian counterparts. This event will offer a chance to promote collaboration after US President Donald Trump pulled his country out of the Iran nuclear deal.
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Merkel, May and Macron are still waiting for the Israelis and Americans to present another way to curb Iran’s nuclear programme, but are under no illusions it will happen in next week’s meetings, according to a European diplomat.
Technical experts from both sides were commissioned to find ways to maintain oil shipments and to protect European companies doing business with Iran, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini told reporters in Brussels late on Tuesday. The experts will also propose ways to avert disruptions in air, sea and land transport from and to Iran and keep channels open for “effective banking transactions.”
According to the official website of Iran’s Foreign Ministry, following the US announcement of its withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Iran nuclear deal, EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini held talks with the Foreign Ministers of France (Jean-Yves Le Drian), Germany (Heiko Maas), the United Kingdom (Boris Johnson) and of the Islamic Republic of Iran (Mohammad Javad Zarif) on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.
According to the press release, the top diplomats attending the meeting:
“We are operating in a very difficult context,” Mogherini said after an intense day of diplomacy that included meetings with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany. All of those countries were signatories of the deal that aimed to prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon in exchange for economic incentives. She said European leaders hoped to have a firm plan within a few weeks.
Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammed Javad Zarif, met with his EU, British, French and German counterparts in Brussels today. „We are on the right track … a lot will depend on what we can do in next few weeks,“ Zarif said after a 90-minute meeting in Brussels. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini insisted European powers were serious about salvaging the deal.
We need to try to talk with Iran’s government, seek a better relationship with the Iranian people, and a more constructive role for Iran in the region
In his remarks, Sheikh Abdullah thanked the US secretary of state “for being a great partner” and congratulated him on the position he assumed last month and his recent successes. The UAE foreign minister mentioned US progress made on North Korea talks ahead of Mr Trump and Kim Jong Un meeting on June 12, and the US decision on Iran [nuclear deal] as part of these successes.
There was no press conference following the Lavrov-Zarif talks in Moscow, and the Russian Foreign Ministry only said in a brief statement that the main focus of the conversation was the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as the Iran nuclear deal; both ministers agreed to maintain close contact on this issue.
Dr Rouhani also referred to the upcoming meeting of foreign ministers of Britain, France, Germany, Iran and European Union foreign policy chief on Tuesday and expressed hope that the meeting would secure Tehran’s interests by saving the JCPOA.
Describing the nuclear deal very important for peace and security of the region, he stressed that the US was responsible for the consequences of anything that happens to the JCPOA.
“In the JCPOA, the two parties have obligations and it is not acceptable that only one party lives up to its commitments,” Rouhani added.
He also referred to the significant role of the three European countries in saving the JCPOA and described Europe’s stances against US’ secondary sanctions a brave move that could maintain Europe’s position and global credit.
„The Islamic Republic of Iran is following its own national interests by honoring the JCPOA, unfortunately other parties have not carried out their obligations in a satisfactory manner,“ said Rouhani on Sunday, during a phone call with British Prime Minister Theresa May.
He added that his country is adamant that its interests must be ensured in accordance to the 2015 deal after the US withdrawal.
Bolton noted that Trump said in announcing the U.S. exit from the Iran nuclear deal that “countries that continue to deal with Iran could face U.S. sanctions.“
“Europeans are going to face the effective U.S. sanctions, already are really, because much of what they would like to sell to Iran involves U.S. technology, for which the licenses will not be available,” the national security adviser said.
Mohammad Javad Zarif, who slammed US departure from 2015 agreement, also set to travel to Moscow and Brussels
In Iran, thousands of people continue to take to the streets to protest the U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear deal. They are also targeting their own government. Elizabeth Palmer reports from Tehran.
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Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Wednesday that he regrets President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the landmark pact. Turnbull is urging all parties involved in the pact to show restraint.
In Japan, the Foreign Ministry says Japan continues to support the deal and that it “hopes for a continued constructive response from the nations involved.”
Speaking in a televised address to the people on the JCPOA, President Hassan Rouhani said: “As verified by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Iran has lived up to all its commitments and tonight, it was revealed who the unfaithful is”.
He continued: “Today, we saw what we were reiterating from 40 years ago, and that is Iran is a country that lives up to its commitments and the United States is a country that has never done so”.
“In the past 40 years or even before that, history tells that Americans have had a hostile approach towards the great Iranian nation and the nations of the region; from the coup in Iran against the legal government of Dr Mosadeq to their interference in the affairs of the past regime, supporting Saddam and attacking Iran’s passenger plane and killing innocent people and what they have done against the people of Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen and the Middle East and North Africa and against other peoples of the world”.
He also referred to the US’ withdrawal from the JCPOA and continued: “In fact, this was a confirmation of what they have been doing in the past months in another way”.
That’s why the United States negotiated the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in the first place.
The reality is clear. The JCPOA is working – that is a view shared by our European allies, independent experts, and the current U.S. Secretary of Defense. The JCPOA is in America’s interest – it has significantly rolled back Iran’s nuclear program. And the JCPOA is a model for what diplomacy can accomplish – its inspections and verification regime is precisely what the United States should be working to put in place with North Korea. Indeed, at a time when we are all rooting for diplomacy with North Korea to succeed, walking away from the JCPOA risks losing a deal that accomplishes – with Iran – the very outcome that we are pursuing with the North Koreans.
That is why today’s announcement is so misguided.
Barack Obama, the former U.S. president, publishes an article on his personal facebook page criticizing Donald Trump for withdrawing from the JCPOA. The full text is given below.
Speaking at the large gathering of people in Khorasan Razavi’s Sabzevar city, President Hassan Rouhani said that all political groups and people are united against Trump and the Zionist Regime, adding: “ We proved to the world that the people of Iran are the people of peace“.
„We don’t favour war and tension, but will strongly defend our rights“, said the President adding: “ The US will not be able to do anything against the Iranian nation“
Stating that „from months ago, the necessary instructions have been issued to the Atomic Energy Organisation and economic sectors,“ Dr Rouhani said: „We are ready for any decision about the JCPOA“.
(16.3.2018) The joint paper, seen by Reuters, was sent to European Union capitals on Friday, said two people familiar with the matter, to sound out support for such sanctions as they would need the support of all 28 EU member governments.
Rep. Mark Meadows suggested that the president doesn’t want a withdrawal to get in the way of ongoing discussions with North Korea and China.
His decision to battle Obama’s agreement and to enlist Trump to scuttle it was made without challenge or opposition
„We will be left with a world where Iran inches towards a nuclear weapon, does not face sufficient pressure, and has no interest in negotiations,“ wrote Goldenberg. „That means in a few years, the U.S. will be left with a stark choice: military action or living with a nuclear-armed Iran.“
It’s a similar scenario that confronted the Obama administration before it embarked on the turgid rounds of talks that led to the current deal. Iran watchers can be forgiven for feeling a sense of deja vu.
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Following a 20-minute presentation in which Netanyahu accused Iran of covertly pursuing nuclear weapons, reports emerged that the Israeli Knesset approved 62 to 41 the amendment to Israeli law regarding the authorization for the declaration of war. The new regime included a clause suggested by Netanyahu himself, one that requires only Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s approval to initiate a war „in extreme situations,“ according to the state-run Kann News and Israeli newspaper Haaretz.
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Emmanuel Macron spoke of the results of his visit to the US with an emphasis on the talks on the situation around the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran’s nuclear programme.
The Russian and French presidents called for preserving and strictly implementing the plan.
They also discussed other current issues on the international and bilateral agendas.
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