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EU spokesperson: No speculation on Iran nuclear deal

The EU declined Tuesday to speculate on reports over a potential US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal.

“We are not going to start speculating on any kind of scenario, our position in Europe on the nuclear deal is well known. It should be preserved and maintained,” Catherine Ray, spokesperson for EU High Representative Catherine Ashton, told a news conference.

” It is bearing fruit and we continue to support this agreement and its implementation,” she added.

Mogherini will convene a meeting with the foreign ministers of three European countries, France’s Jean-Yves Le Drian, Germany’s Sigmar Gabriel and the UK’s Boris Johnson, as well as Iranian Foreign Minister Jawad Zarif in Brussels on Thursday, focusing on the Iranian nuclear deal.

Ray declined to comment if Thursday’s meeting will also discuss the recent anti-government demonstrations in Iran.

Meanwhile, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi on Monday warned against the possible withdrawal of the US from the nuclear deal forged in 2015.

“The international community must be prepared for the US possibly pulling out of the JCPOA,” (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action ), he told a security conference in Tehran yesterday.

Iran signed the nuclear agreement in 2015 with the P5+1 (China, Russia, UK, France, the US plus Germany) to curtail its nuclear programme in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions.

US President Donald Trump has strongly criticised the deal and expressed his support for anti-government demonstrators in Iran.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

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