Jan 11, 2019 18:54 UTC
  • Europe will not allow US to determine trade relations with Iran: Mogherini

The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, says the United States cannot determine the 28-nation bloc's "legitimate trade" with Iran.

"We Europeans cannot accept that a foreign power – even our closest friend and ally – makes decisions over our legitimate trade with another country," Mogherini said in an interview with the European Council on Foreign Relations published on Friday, Press TV reported.

She added that the EU is working with the rest of the international community to keep alive the landmark nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), despite the US unilateral move to pull out from the deal.

The Iran nuclear deal "has so far been implemented in full, as certified by the International Atomic Energy Agency in 13 consecutive reports," she said.

Mogherini further rejected claims that Europe is motivated mainly by economic or trade considerations and said all efforts by the EU to preserve the JCPOA have been made "because of our collective security."

"That is not the case: we do this to prevent a nuclear non-proliferation agreement that is working from being dismantled, and to prevent a major security crisis in the Middle East," the senior EU official pointed out.

She emphasized that the EU should guarantee that firms seeking to do legitimate business with Iran are allowed to do so.

"This is what we are working on right now: tools that will assist, protect, and reassure economic actors pursuing legitimate business with Iran. It is true that this situation has triggered a conversation on European economic sovereignty," Mogherini said.

Iran and the 28-nation European Union have been discussing various ways to continue doing business with Iran and bypass US sanctions.

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