Speaking Wednesday at the European Parliament plenary debate on Iran, Borrell said the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is “in our very own European security interest” and “continues to deliver.”
He also expressed regret over the US departure from the JCPOA in May 2018 and subsequent re-instatement of severe sanctions against Iran, noting that the full implementation of the multilateral accord remains crucial to salvage efforts.
“I want to be clear: As Coordinator – because the High Representative acts as coordinator of the JCPOA – I will continue to do everything possible to ensure the preservation and full implementation of the nuclear deal by all parties,” the top EU diplomat said.
“I think that this achievement of the European Diplomacy, which took a lot [of] efforts from a lot of people, from Javier Solana [former High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy and Secretary General of the Council of the European] to Ms Federica Mogherini [former High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission], deserves to be preserved,” he added.
Borrell also stressed that Iran is the most monitored country in the world by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) with now almost 400 inspections per year.