Mogherini: Iran’s nuclear deal can’t be cancelled

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Responding to US president-elect Donald Trump’s negative remarks about Iran’s nuclear deal, Federica Mogherini, the EU high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, said the US can’t cancel the deal, aka Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

“The Iranian nuclear agreement is not a mutual deal between Iran and US, but a multilateral agreement, which I am still responsible as the chairman of joint commission to supervise the full implementation of nuclear agreement by all sides,” Mogherini said during an interview.

Iran and P5+1 Group, including the US, the UK, France, Russia, China and Germany, reached a comprehensive nuclear deal, which was implemented in January 2016.

During his presidential campaigns, Trump said JCPOA was a “terrible” and “disastrous” deal.

“We give them €140 billion [Iran’s assets blocked abroad], we get nothing,” he said.

Under the JCPOA, Iran accessed its assets blocked abroad.

“The nuclear deal is [done] in the framework of the UN Security Council, [it is] not a bilateral or national issue,” Mogherini said.

After Trump’s winning the elections, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Iran expects the new US Administration respect the nuclear deal.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Monday that the future US president must remain committed to the JCPOA.