UK, Germany, France issue joint statement following Trump's JCPOA withdrawl

TEHRAN, May. 09 (MNA) – The European sides to the Iran nuclear deal have jointly stressed their continuing commitment following Trump's announcement that US will pull out of the agreement and reinstate sanctions against Iran.

"It is with regret and concern that we, the Leaders of France, Germany and the United Kingdom take note of President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States of America from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action," Prime Minister Theresa May, Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Emmanuel Macron said in a joint statement following Trump's decision to pull out of the nuclear deal.

"Together, we emphasise our continuing commitment to the JCPoA. This agreement remains important for our shared security. We recall that the JCPoA was unanimously endorsed by the UN Security Council in resolution 2231. This resolution remains the binding international legal framework for the resolution of the dispute about the Iranian nuclear programme. We urge all sides to remain committed to its full implementation and to act in a spirit of responsibility," the statement said.

"According to the IAEA, Iran continues to abide by the restrictions set out by the JCPoA, in line with its obligations under the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. The world is a safer place as a result. Therefore we, the E3, will remain parties to the JCPoA. Our governments remain committed to ensuring the agreement is upheld, and will work with all the remaining parties to the deal to ensure this remains the case including through ensuring the continuing economic benefits to the Iranian people that are linked to the agreement," the statement added.

The leaders of the E3 urged "the US to ensure that the structures of the JCPoA can remain intact", and to "avoid taking action which obstructs its full implementation by all other parties to the deal."

"After engaging with the US Administration in a thorough manner over the past months, we call on the US to do everything possible to preserve the gains for nuclear non-proliferation brought about by the JCPoA, by allowing for a continued enforcement of its main elements."

Meanwhile, the E3 leaders encouraged Iran to "show restraint in response to the decision by the US; Iran must continue to meet its own obligations under the deal, cooperating fully and in a timely manner with IAEA inspection requirements. The IAEA must be able to continue to carry out its long-term verification and monitoring programme without restriction or hindrance. In turn, Iran should continue to receive the sanctions relief it is entitled to whilst it remains in compliance with the terms of the deal."

"There must be no doubt: Iran’s nuclear program must always remain peaceful and civilian," the statement stressed. "A long-term framework for Iran’s nuclear programme after some of the provisions of the JCPOA expire, after 2025, will have to be defined."

The E3 leaders also maintained that Iran's missile program and its regional influence must be addressed; "We have already started constructive and mutually beneficial discussions on these issues, and the E3 is committed to continuing them with key partners and concerned states across the region," they said.

"We and our Foreign Ministers will reach out to all parties to the JCPoA to seek a positive way forward," the statement concluded.

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