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EU: Ready to use blocking statute on US sanctions

EU: Ready to use blocking statute on US sanctions

Bloomberg writes on 16 May 2018 the European Union warned that ending the Iran nuclear deal would be a “major threat” to security in the Middle East a the bloc prepared measures to protect it companies if the Trump administration re-imposes sanctions following the US’s withdrawal from the agreement.  

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EU gives green light to Zarif for the JCPOA

EU gives green light to Zarif for the JCPOA

Following intense discussions with the EU external affairs chief, Federica Mogherini, and the foreign ministers of the UK, Germany, and France, Iran’s top diplomat has assessed the talks as positive and reiterated that Europe is committed to the deal and has the political determination to maintain and provide the necessary guarantees.  

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Zarif leaves for Brussels

Zarif leaves for Brussels

The Iranian Foreign Minister who was in Moscow early Monday morning has left for Brussels to carry on with his talks on the JCPOA with his counterparts.

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Zarif lands in Moscow

Zarif lands in Moscow

The Iranian Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif, has landed in Moscow Monday morning on his mission to continue consultations regarding the JCPOA. Javad Zarif will be meeting with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, to examine the viability of the JCPOA and guarantee the benefits of the Iranian nation.

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Reactions to Netanyahu claims against Iran

Reactions to Netanyahu claims against Iran

The Iranian Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif, has tweeted calling Netanyahu “obsessive”, saying: “You were the audience for a cartoonish circus just this morning which does not even deserve the dignity of a response,” talking after Netanyahu’s speech. “He did not learn his lesson at the UN and is still trying to misguide people.”  

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Mogherini response to Trump/Macron talks

Mogherini response to Trump/Macron talks

AFP wrote that EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini insisted today that the current Iran nuclear deal was working and "needs to be preserved", after US President Donald Trump and French counterpart Emmanuel Macron called for a new agreement with Tehran.  

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EU/Japan affirm JCPOA implementation

EU/Japan affirm JCPOA implementation

Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and Taro Kono, Japanese Foreign Minister, held a telephone conversation on Friday 6 April 2018, emphasizing on their commitment to the 2015 JCPOA Iran nuclear agreement and its implementation.

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Iran response to JCPOA workgroup

Iran response to JCPOA workgroup

(Persia Digest) – As the US Secretary of State has announced the setup of a workgroup to discuss the JCPOA nuclear agreement with Iran, the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson has said his country has no information on the workgroup of the three European countries on the JCPOA and has not received anything formal from them. He said the Americans talk about their dreams through other people. Bahram Ghassemi stated that the US Administration has pursued its policies of destroying the JCPOA, and will continue to do so. He added: “Steps taken by the US clearly indicate that they are not committed to their obligations.” The spokesperson for the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said: “It is clear that the US is unhappy about Iran’s relations with the EU and countries in the region and it is trying to pressurize them to abide by its rules and interests.” He stressed: “Iran-EU ties go back a long time and this has been strengthened over the years.” Ghassemi continued by saying that Iran has had numerous discussions with the EU on different issues, and added: “We can conduct discussions on regional and international topics with all countries. This is not an issue for us.” As reported by Persia Digest, the US Secretary of State has announced the workgroup on the JCPOA with the UK, Germany, and France while Federica Mogherini declined to comment on the subject at a press conference during her visit with Mahmoud Abbas, President of the State of Palestine. Sergey Ryabkov, Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, has warned that any amendments to the JCPOA pursued by Washington are currently impossible.

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Latest: FM Zarif meets with Lavrov

Latest: FM Zarif meets with Lavrov

Iran’s FM Javad Zarif has met with Russian FM Lavrov. He has tweeted about the importance of the US to remain committed to the JCPOA Iran nuclear deal with the five world powers in 2015.

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Read the latest on Iran protests

Read the latest on Iran protests

After the passing of 12 days of protests nationwide in Iran, relative calm has returned to its cities. Some members of the opposition believe that protests have died down in smaller cities due to a lack of internet connection and access to social networks. Nevertheless, it seems the volume and intensity of protests has waned in total; although, peaceful silent marches are taking place.

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Araghchi reaction to Mogherini disclosure

Araghchi reaction to Mogherini disclosure

In response to the latest comments by Federica Mogherini, the EU foreign policy chief, Abbas Araghchi, deputy to the Iranian FM, has said: “A sentence in the preamble of the JCPOA Iran nuclear agreement states that the complete implementation of the JCPOA can play a part in the peace and security of the region and the world.”

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