Mogherini: we seek quick solution to save Iran nuclear deal
European Union and Iran have agreed to find a practical solution to keep the Iran nuclear deal alive in a short delay of time after the withdrawal of the US, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini said after the talks with the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany, as well as Iran's Mohammad Javad Zarif in Brussels.
All the sides recalled their commitment to the continued, full and effective implementation of the Iran nuclear deal. "We are working on finding a practical solution in a short delay of time," Mogherini told a news conference. "We are talking about solutions to keep the deal alive," she said, adding that measures would seek to allow Iran to keep exporting oil and for European banks to continue to operate.
"We have a quite clear list of issues to address. We are operating in a very difficult context ... I cannot talk about legal or economic guarantees but I can talk about serious, determined, immediate work from the European side," Reuters cited her as saying.
Mogherini added that they regretted the withdrawal of the US from the JCPOA. and we recognised that the lifting of nuclear-related sanctions and the normalisation of trade and economic relations with Iran constitute essential parts of the agreement.
In addition, High Representative/Vice-President said that the agreement is complex enough and does not need to be changed, modified or have any addition. "We simply committed to fully comply with all the commitments taken there, which means for the Iranian side the nuclear-related commitments, and from our side and from the side of the rest of the international community, in particular the commitments related to the economic benefits the Iranian people need to see as an outcome of their own implementation of the Iran deal," she said.
Zarif, in turn, noted that progress had been made towards a political agreement on measures that should be taken to keep the nuclear deal in place following Washington's withdrawal.
"We are on the right track ... a lot will depend on what we can do in next few weeks," he said.