U.S. lawmakers signal plan to comply with Iran nuclear deal: EU

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Publish Date: 20:25 - 07 November 2017
TEHRAN, November 7 - U.S. lawmakers signaled they plan to ensure the United States complies with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s misgivings about the pact, the EU’s foreign policy chief said on Tuesday.

U.S. lawmakers signal plan to comply with Iran nuclear deal: EUTEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - "I got clear indications that the intention is to keep the United States compliant with the agreement," EU Foreign Policy chief Federica Mogherini told reporters at a news conference.

The European Union's top diplomat said Tuesday the bloc is working with Congress and the Trump administration to ensure America's new policy toward Iran doesn't lead it to violating a nuclear deal.

Federica Mogherini said that in meetings with administration officials and lawmakers in Washington this week she had stressed the importance the E.U. places on upholding the agreement.

Mogherini allowed that it is "a delicate moment" for the deal since President Donald Trump refused last month to certify Iran's compliance.

She said she is hopeful the U.S. would continue to meet its obligations.

"We want to see the United States continue its implementation in the future," she told reporters at a news conference. "The E.U. has a security interest in keeping the deal working."

She declined to comment on whether legislation pending before Congress that would attach additional conditions for U.S. sanctions relief would violate the deal, saying it was a domestic U.S. political matter. However, she said she had gotten a "clear indication that the intention is to keep the U.S. compliant." She did not elaborate.

Mogherini repeated the long-held E.U. position that the agreement cannot be re-opened for negotiation, a stance also held by Iran and the other signatories. "If you reopen one part of it, the entire agreement is reopened," she said. "Renegotiating part of the agreement is not an option."

Mogherini said that Iran is obligated under the agreement.

Source: AP


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