ERBIL — The European Union has once again urged Iran to fully comply with the obligations articulated in the 2015’s Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) so to encourage the United States to return to the accord.
“We express support for the ongoing diplomatic efforts in the framework of the Joint Commission, with the EU High Representative as its coordinator, to ensure full JCPoA implementation. In this context, we also express our support to intensive diplomacy with the goal of facilitating a US return to the JCPoA and Iran's return to full JCPoA implementation,” EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell said in a statement.
“The initiation of uranium enrichment to up to 20% by Iran at the underground Fordow Fuel Enrichment Plant, which was confirmed by the IAEA on 4 January, is a very serious development and a matter of deep concern... Iran's action also risks undermining efforts aimed at building upon the existing diplomatic process. We urge Iran to refrain from further escalation and reverse this course of action without delay,” Borrell added.
The official reiterated EU’s commitment to the JCPoA, saying the accord was key element of the global nuclear non-proliferation architecture and an achievement of multilateral diplomacy.
“We deeply regret the worrying steps taken by Iran over the last two years and recall that the EU has repeatedly called on Iran to reverse all actions that are inconsistent with Iran's JCPoA commitments.”