The European powers said the Iran deal makes the world safer and urged the United States not to abandon the deal that limits the country’s nuclear programs.
After a meeting with the Iranian Foreign Minister Zavad Zarif, the representatives of UK, Germany, France and EU reiterated their support for the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
The UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson said the deal was preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. He challenged the Trump administration to come up with a better alternative.
The U.S. President Trump wants to withdraw the U.S. from the deal or at least amend the deal because the U.S. President believes Iran is not “living up to the spirit” of the nuclear deal.
Boris Johnson, the UK Foreign Minister said the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), is a “considerable diplomatic accomplishment”.
It is disappointing that @realDonaldTrump chose to extend Obama’s Iran deal. Personnel is policy. Tillerson & McMaster continue to poorly advise the president.
— Frank Gaffney (@frankgaffney) January 12, 2018
Mr. Johnson said, “I don’t think that anybody has produced a better alternative to the JCPOA as a way of preventing the Iranians from going ahead with the acquisition of a military nuclear capability. It is incumbent on those who oppose the JCPOA to come up with that better solution, because we have not seen it so far.”
Federica Mogherini, the EU foreign policy chief said, “The deal is working; it is delivering on its main goal, which means keeping the Iranian nuclear program in check and under close surveillance.”
“The unity of the international community is essential to preserve a deal that is working, that is making the world safer and that is preventing a potential nuclear arms race in the region. And we expect all parties to continue to fully implement this agreement.”
An apparent elated Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif tweeted after the meeting with the European powers, “Strong consensus in Brussels today: 1) Iran is complying with JCPOA, 2) Iranian people have every right to all its dividends, 3) any move that undermines JCPOA is unacceptable. E3 and EU fully aware that Iran’s continued compliance conditioned on full compliance by the US.”
With the recent protests in #Iran, we can see the danger that the regime is in. It would be a tragic mistake to now turn away the opportunity to turn the economic screws- we must tear up the #IranDeal.
— John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) January 12, 2018
Iran’s foreign ministry has been warning that if U.S. withdraws from the deal, Iran is prepared to take ‘appropriate steps’.
What ‘appropriate’ measures would Iran take if the U.S. pulls out from the 2015 deal are still unknown, though.