The European Union has insisted that worries over Iran’s national missile programme and its foreign policy are not related to the nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Speaking to reporters ahead of a NATO defense ministers’ meeting in Brussels yesterday, Federica Mogherini, EU foreign policy chief, said Iran’s missile programme or its regional polices are not connected to the 2015 nuclear agreement.
Mogherini described that the EU has “strong concerns about both the ballistic missile programme and some of the strategies in the area mostly associated to the dispute in Syria or in Yemen” however, “these problems have to be approach outside of the nuclear accord that covers only nuclear related issues.”
The foreign policy chief was asked about her visit to Washington earlier in the week during which she gave powerful backing for the deal and against reopening the agreement.
Mogherini’s remarks are strong rebuke of United States President Donald Trump who last month dealt a blow to the agreement by refusing to guarantee that Tehran was abiding with the accord even though global inspectors said it was.
Under the deal, Iran decide to check its nuclear programme in return for solace from economic penalty but Trump’s unilateral decision has thrown into doubt the future of the pact obtained by Iran, the European Union and six major powers which includes Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States.
Mogherini received that there were legal worries over Iranian foreign plan and disclosed that the EU has kept some of the non-nuclear related sanctions in order, in particular on terrorist activities or human rights, according to the diplomat the deal is working.
On Tuesday Mogherini said: “Iran pull apart more than two-thirds of installed centrifuges and shipped out 98 per cent of its enriched uranium.
Its plutonium path has also been shut through the ongoing conversion of the heavy-water reactor in Arak.
Thanks to the deal, Iran is also already executing the IAEA’s Additional Protocol: this means that Iran will always continue to be topic to limitation and a strict monitoring regime, including inspections.”
“The Iran deal has been draw to address one thing only: the Iranian nuclear issue.
That is the spirit of the deal.
Nobody, neither Europe nor the US, will be in a better situation without it in place.
Threatening the deal would only make the whole world a much more dangerous place,” she concluded.