United States lawmakers signalled they plan to ensure Washington complies with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal despite President Donald Trump’s misgivings about the pact, the European Union’s foreign policy chief said on Tuesday.
The U.S. president also said he would seek the removal of so-called sunset clauses, which set expiration dates for some restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program under the deal. Congress was given 60 days to decide whether to reimpose sanctions that were lifted in return for Tehran abandoning its nuclear ambitions.
Mogherini sought to avoid publicly becoming embroiled in the U.S. congressional debate about what kind of legislation, if any, to pass even as she stressed the EU’s desire to see the United States stick with the nuclear agreement. Kerry told the Chatham House worldwide affairs think tank in London that the decision “was clearly made without relevance to any fact whatsoever” and criticized the involvement of Congress.
Mogherini, one of the negotiators of the agreement, said that she stressed the importance the European Union places on upholding the agreement in meetings with lawmakers in Washington.
U.S. President Donald Trump last month refused to recertify the deal under which Tehran agreed to curb its atomic program in exchange for sanctions relief.
Addressing a conference in the French capital of Paris on Tuesday, Takht Ravanchi stressed the need for the European parties to the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), to clarify their position about any possible action by the United States to withdraw from the agreement.
“We will not continue down a path whose predictable conclusion is more violence more terror and the very real threat of Iran’s nuclear breakout”.
Concerns have been growing in recent weeks that the US administration may unilaterally scrap the nuclear agreement between Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France, and Germany).