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Publish Date: 17:47 - 21 October 2017
TEHRAN, October 21 - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif and his Austrian counterpart Sebastian Kurz recently elected as Austrian Chancellor discussed Iranian nuclear deal in a phone call.

Iran, Austrian FMs discuss nuclear dealTEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - They also conferred on issues of mutual interests as well as key regional and international developments.

Zarif also congratulated Kurz for his party’s victory in parliamentary election.

Kurz, for his part, stressed necessity of abiding by the nuclear agreement by all sides and said his country would support the deal.

He also emphasized necessity of Iran’s complete benefit from achievements of the deal.

On Friday, US President Donald Trump delivered an anti-Iran speech in which he said he would not be certifying Iran’s compliance with the terms of the nuclear deal officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) under a domestic American law, kicking a decision to Congress over whether to restore sanctions against the Islamic Republic. The Congress has been waiving those sanctions as part of American obligations under the nuclear deal. But the domestic US law requires presidential certifications of Iranian compliance every 90 days. Trump has twice before offered that certification.

“I am directing my administration to work closely with Congress and our allies to address the deal’s many serious flaws,” Trump said, threatening that the deal would be “terminated” if he could not “reach a solution working with Congress and our allies.”

While the Trump administration has offered some detail on potential work at Congress, it was unclear how the White House intended to work with other countries on the Iran deal. The US’s allies in Europe have long backed the agreement, and since Trump’s Friday speech, they have only grown more outspoken in their expressions of support.

Just after the speech, the EU’s top diplomat, Federica Mogherini, said the deal was an international one and “it is not up to any single country to terminate it,” in an explicit dismissal of Trump’s threat.

Later, the foreign ministers of all EU member states held a meeting, chaired by Mogherini, in Luxembourg, expressing their determination to fully implement the international nuclear agreement.

The JCPOA was reached between Iran and the P5+1 countries — namely the US, Russia, China, France, Britain, and Germany — in July 2015 and took effect in January 2016.

Under the deal, Iran undertook to apply certain limits to its nuclear program in exchange for the termination of all nuclear-related sanctions against Tehran.

Trump, who rose to the US presidency a year after the implementation of the deal had begun, has been opposed to it.

 

 

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