EU: All sides are abiding by nuclear deal

European Union clarifies that all parties to Iran nuclear deal are abiding by it.

Elad Benari,

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All the parties to the Iran nuclear deal are abiding by its terms, the European Union said Thursday, according to a report in the AFP news agency.

The European clarification comes despite Tehran's charges that new U.S. sanctions against the Islamic Republic breach the agreement.

"So far we consider that all parties have been implementing their commitments under the deal," Catherine Ray, a spokeswoman for EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, told a press briefing in Brussels.

"We expect their continued adherence," Ray said when asked to comment on the Iranian charges.

U.S. President Donald Trump this week signed the new sanctions on Iran into law. Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister, Abbas Araqchi, said the sanctions break the terms of the nuclear deal and vowed an "appropriate and proportional" response.

Ray based her expectation on a July 21 meeting in Vienna of the Mogherini-chaired commission that brings together Iran and the other parties to discuss the deal's implementation.

Mogherini's office issued a statement at the time saying the meeting's participants confirmed their continued adherence and "stressed the need to ensure its full and effective implementation in a constructive atmosphere."

Ray said on Thursday the joint commission allowed for the Iranian view on new U.S. sanctions to be widely discussed.

During the presidential election campaign, Trump was highly critical of the Iran nuclear deal, saying it was “disastrous” and pledging to annul it.

After he was sworn in as president, Trump described the nuclear deal as “the worst deal I’ve ever seen negotiated” and accused the Islamic Republic of “disrespecting” the United States because of the deal.

However, he recently confirmed that the Islamic Republic is adhering to the nuclear agreement it signed with world powers in 2015, marking the second time since Trump took office that it had done so.

EU countries Britain, France and Germany remain firm backers of the agreement and have criticized the Trump administration for threatening to scrap it, noted AFP.




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