21:53 GMT24 September 2020
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    The EU foreign policy chief has commented on the Iran nuclear agreement in the wake of the US decision not to certify Tehran's compliance with the deal.

    EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has called on all parties to the Iran nuclear deal reached by P5+1 group in 2015 to abide by the agreements as "renegotiating is not an option."

    "If you reopen one part of it, the entire agreement is reopened and you will probably enter into another 12 years of negotiations, provided that you find the political will and the trust to reopen the negotiations."

    According to Mogherini, she has got assurances from different sides in US Congress that lawmakers want to keep the US compliant with the Iran deal, which "is delivering and working."

    "I got clear indications that the intention is to keep the United States compliant with the agreement and find ways to do that in coordination with the E3 [Germany, France and Italy], the European Union as such that goes beyond the E3, and the international community."

    The European Union wants any US legislation to avoid violating the historic deal, Mogherini has stated, adding that Brussels is working with Washington on the issue.

    US Refuses to Certify Iran's Compliance With Nuclear Deal

    Mogherini's statement comes following US President Donald Trump's decision not to certify Iran's compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal — also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) — which has prompted criticism from the EU, Tehran and all other members of the P5+1 group, namely Russia, Britain, France, China and Germany, that have confirmed the Islamic Republic's abidance by agreement.

    Washington's move was followed by the US House of Representatives overwhelming approval of a new package of sanctions aimed at Iran's ballistic missile program on October 26, advancing the legislation to the US Senate.

    While US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that Washington aims to fully enforce the agreement as it is and "then begin the process of addressing the flaws," emphasizing that the agreement is in the best interest of the United States, Trump's statements have been hinting at possible US intention to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, prompting Tehran's harsh criticism.

    Most recently, Iran's deputy foreign minister, Majid Takht-Ravanchi, has stated that Tehran will not leave the nuclear agreement first, but preparing itself for every scenario.

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