EU vows to save the deal, reached with its mediation
11 May, 2018
The European Union confirmed it vowed to preserve the Iran nuclear deal despite the decision of US President Donald Trump to withdraw his country from the international agreement. The EU played a key role coordinating the diplomatic efforts to strike the 2015 deal.
“As long as Iran continues to implement its nuclear related commitments, as it is doing so far, the EU will remain committed to the continued full and effective implementation of the nuclear deal,” EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said just minutes after Trump's announcement. “The EU is determined to preserve it. We expect the rest of the international community to continue to do its part to guarantee that it continues to be fully implemented, for the sake of our own collective security,” she added. Mogherini noted that the US remains EU's closest partner and friend but at the same time pointed out that the nuclear deal was “not in the hands of any single country to terminate it unilaterally”.
“Our governments remain committed to ensuring the agreement is upheld, and will work with all the remaining parties to the deal to ensure this remains the case, including through ensuring the continuing economic benefits to the Iranian people that are linked to the agreement,” the leaders of Germany, France and Britain, Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron and Theresa May said in a statement. They also urged the US “to avoid taking action which obstructs” the implementation of the deal.
European Council President Donald Tusk said on Twitter that US policies would be met with “a united European approach”. He said EU leaders, who are set to meet in Sofia next week for a summit, would discuss the US decision to leave the Iran deal and to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium products, from which the EU is only temporary exempted.