Jan 20, 2021 16:35 UTC
  • EU's Borrell calls for close cooperation with US on Iran deal as Biden is to be sworn in

The EU foreign policy chief has called for closer cooperation between the bloc and the new US administration on three key areas, including the Iran nuclear deal, after the end of what he called ‘governing by tweeting’ of Donald Trump.

According to Press TV, speaking at a European Parliament debate, Josep Borrell expressed optimism that the administration of Joe Biden would do away with the era of unilateralism under Trump and cooperate closely with the EU.

“With inauguration, the Biden administration will hopefully be finishing with the ‘governing by tweeting’, offering another approach and trying to make multilateralism great again,” the top EU diplomat said.

“It will require closer cooperation between the European Union and the United States at least on three key areas: climate change, the Iran nuclear deal, and regulating big technological platforms, among others,” he added.

Trump pulled Washington out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in 2018, and reimposed all the illegal sanctions that had been lifted against Tehran under the agreement, in defiance of international criticism and opposition.

The United Kingdom, France and Germany along with Russia and China -- the other two signatories -- have reaffirmed their support for the JCPOA as a key achievement of international diplomacy, vowing to preserve the deal in the face of US threats.

However, Iran has criticized the Europeans for bowing to US demands and pressures and failing to shield business with the country in the face of Washington’s sanctions.

The Islamic Republic suspended its commitments in response to the US’ illegal measures and Europeans’ failure to keep their end of the bargain. It, however, has said that its measures are reversible if the other side fulfills its commitments, stressing that the implementation of the JCPOA is not a one-way street.  

Iran has also reiterated that the JCPOA is a done deal, rejecting any renegotiation or amendments to it.

Tehran also emphasizes that the US needs to start out by lifting the sanctions, and that a possible return to the JCPOA without the removal of sanctions would not be acceptable to the Islamic Republic.  

Separately in an interview with Reuters on Tuesday, Borrell called on the US to rejoin the JCPOA and lift its sanctions against Tehran.

He also said Washington would save time by rejoining the Iran nuclear deal rather than seeking to negotiate a new accord.