• Sat / 29 September 2018 / 16:34
  • Category: Politics
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Germany sticks to Iran nuclear deal: FM Maas

Germany sticks to Iran nuclear deal: FM Maas

Tehran (ISNA) - German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas announced that his country is committed to the Iran nuclear deal even though Washington has pulled out.

"The nuclear agreement with Iran, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)  may not be perfect. But so far, it has averted a conflict that, three years ago, was highly likely," he told the General Assembly.

"That's not insignificant," he said. "We Europeans therefore stand together by the agreement."

"The fact that we stand by the JCPOA does not mean that we are turning a blind eye to Iran's role in the region or to its ballistic missiles," said Maas, using the official name of the July 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and the six world powers of Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States.

U.S. President Donald Trump announced his decision in May to withdraw from the nuclear deal and to re-impose sanctions on Iran.

Maas talked about measures to circumvent U.S. sanctions against Iran and said, "We are working on keeping economic exchange with Iran possible, and we call on Iran to continue to fully implement its commitments."

EU's foreign and security policy chief Federica Mogherini said Monday that the European Union will set up a legal entity to facilitate legitimate financial transactions with Iran, Xinhua reported.

The legal entity will allow European companies to continue to trade with Iran in accordance with EU law and could be open to other partners in the world, Mogherini told reporters in New York after she chaired a meeting of the foreign ministers from Iran and the five countries that are still committed to the deal.

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