German Envoy Says US Urged to Remain Committed to JCPOA
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Germany’s ambassador to Iran said the European parties to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) have urged the US to consider the consequences of any move that may weaken the nuclear deal.
In an interview with the Tasnim News Agency, Michael Klor-Berchtold reiterated Berlin’s support for the JCPOA, the nuclear agreement between Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany).
Voicing the European Union’s call that the US government should honor its commitments under the JCPOA, the envoy said the 28-member bloc has urged that Washington take into account the consequences of its measures for the security of itself, its allies and the region.
The three European parties to the JCPOA have encouraged the US government and Congress to think twice before taking steps that could undermine the nuclear deal, Klor-Berchtold added.
As regards the economic relations between Iran and Germany, the ambassador said the value of bilateral trade exchange is expected to reach 3 billion euros this year, saying it would experience a 20 percent annual rise.
His comments came after the foreign ministers of Germany, Britain and France emphasized the necessity for saving the JCPOA in a Monday meeting in Brussels.
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said later in the EU Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) meeting that Berlin needs to work in close cooperation with its allies regarding Iran nuclear deal.
The EU has been at odds with US President Donald Trump who has repeatedly described the JCPOA as a disaster and accused Iran of violating the deal.
The EU, Iran, Russia and China maintain that the JCPOA is a multilateral and non-renegotiable pact that could not be scrapped unilaterally.
Iran and the Group 5+1 (also known as the P5+1) reached the 159-page nuclear accord in July 2015 and implemented it in January 2016.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has verified Iran’s compliance with the JCPOA in all of its reports after implementation of the deal.