Jun 01, 2018 14:40 UTC
  • EU, China share commitment to save JCPOA: Mogherini

The European Union's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says the bloc and China share commitment to preserve a nuclear agreement signed between Iran and major world powers in 2015 and to work for its continuation.

According to Press TV, Mogherini was speaking at a joint press point with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Brussels on Friday following the EU-China strategic dialogue after the United States' move to withdraw from the nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), last month.

"Indeed, we are one hundred percent determined to continue cooperation between China and the European Union, but I can add also with Russia as it belongs to the signatory countries, but also with other partners internationally who are committed to preserve the nuclear deal and its full implementation," the senior EU official said.

Mogherini added that she held talks with the Chinese foreign minister on the "key" issue of the full continued implementation of the nuclear deal that has been the result of twelve long years of diplomatic work.

She noted that China played an "essential" role in the nuclear negotiations and would continue such its leading role in the upcoming weeks, months and years "in continuing the full implementation of the agreement."

The senior EU official stressed the importance of "the continued implementation of the nuclear-related commitments" under the JCPOA and said, "China's contribution here is relevant, key, and essential - in particular, the leading role that China has on the Arak [heavy water reactor] project."

In April 2017, Iran and China signed the final version of a contract to redesign and modernize the Arak heavy water reactor in central Iran, an important step in line with the implementation of the historic nuclear agreement between Tehran and the P5+1 group of countries.

According to the agreement, China is to review the new design of the Arak reactor made by the Iranian experts and confirm its compliance with the international safety standards of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

The 40-megawatt Arak reactor is intended to produce isotopes for cancer and other medical treatments. Iran is redesigning the planned research reactor to sharply cut its potential output of plutonium.

Mogherini further pointed to her talks with the Chinese foreign minister on bilateral cooperation on the economic aspects of the JCPOA implementation and urged "full coordination between China, the European Union and others in the world to guarantee that Iran can continue benefiting from the economic benefits that came from the agreement and will continue in the weeks to come."

She hailed "good" coordination between the sides on both the implementation of nuclear-related commitments and on the implementation of economic commitments of the nuclear deal.

"And the role of China, let me say it very clearly, has been and continues to be extremely crucial, positive and appreciated not only by the European Union, but also by our other partners," Mogherini pointed out.