By Caribbean News Global
ENGLAND/BELGIUM/IRAN – Following latest Iranian activities, a declaration by the high representative on behalf of the EU on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA), a key element of the global nuclear non-proliferation architecture and an achievement of multilateral diplomacy, endorsed unanimously by the UN Security Council through resolution 2231, said: “The EU reiterates its strong commitment to and continued support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.”
A release from Council of the EU, said: “ 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. The initiation of uranium enrichment to up to 20 percent by Iran at the underground Fordow Fuel Enrichment Plant, which was confirmed by the IAEA on January 4, is a very serious development and a matter of deep concern. Iran’s action is also inconsistent with the JCPoA’s clear provisions on Fordow and has potentially severe proliferation implications. At this critical juncture, 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. Continued full and timely cooperation with the IAEA remains critical.
“We acknowledge the issues arising from the unilateral withdrawal of the United States from the agreement and the re-imposition of its sanctions. The EU has upheld its JCPoA commitments, including regarding sanctions lifting as foreseen in the Agreement. Despite the severe challenges to the JCPoA, the EU has continued to work hard to preserve it. We take note of the Ministerial statement of JCPoA Participants of December 21, 2020. 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.”
The following is a statement by the governments of France, Germany and the United Kingdom to Iranian plans to produce uranium metal:
“We, the governments of France, Germany and the United Kingdom, are deeply concerned by Iran’s announcement that it is preparing to produce uranium metal.
Iran has no credible civilian use for uranium metal. The production of uranium metal has potentially grave military implications. Under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA), Iran committed to not engaging in production of uranium metal or conducting research and development on uranium metallurgy for 15 years.
We strongly urge Iran to halt this activity, and return to compliance with its JCPoA commitments without further delay if it is serious about preserving the deal”.