EU: Iran Deal Must be Saved to Avoid Regional Nuclear Arms Race

CNS News | 7/17/2019 | Staff
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Berlin ( – The 2015 nuclear deal with Iran is necessary to prevent a nuclear arms race in the troubled region, European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherin said Wednesday, as the E.U. continues to seek ways save the troubled agreement.

“No one says he wants a war, no one declares that a war is the intention, in the region and beyond, nobody says so,” she said. “But the problem that, in particular in a region like that, miscalculations can happen and can lead to extremely dangerous spirals of confrontations.”

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The E.U. has been trying to salvage the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) since President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the agreement last year, and reimposed sanctions on the regime.

Mogherini’s references to a regional arms race point to concerns that Arab states in the region would respond to an Iranian nuclear threats by pursuing their own programs, with worrying implications for global nonproliferation efforts.

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She reiterated the E.U.’s determination to salvage the JCPOA, despite recent steps by the regime to exceed the deal’s limits on uranium enrichment.

Despite the apparent Iranian violation – Tehran denies its actions constitute a breach – the E.U. on Monday decided against triggering the deal’s dispute mechanism, in favour of maintaining talks. Mogherini downplayed the breach, saying it was “not significant and can be reversed.”

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French President Emmanuel Macron has announced plans to talk separately next week with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Trump, in a bid to save the deal.

The gulf between the U.S. and Iran remains wide, however. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said this week his country was open to talks only if the U.S. removes all sanctions against Iran.

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Macron’s diplomatic ambitions may also be complicated by an emerging spat between his country and Iran over the arrest of a French-Iranian anthropologist,...
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