Working to preserve the nuclear deal with Iran

Working to preserve the nuclear deal with Iran

These are days of intense work to preserve the deal on Iran’s nuclear program – which is essential for the our own European security, for our region’s security, and for the global non-proliferation system.

Last Friday, after talking to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and after listening to President Trump’s speech, I recalled the European Union’s full support to the deal. It is a deal that no country can “terminate” unilaterally: it is not a bilateral treaty, but a Resolution of the United Nations’ Security Council. Here is my press conference on Friday, with my remarks and the Q&A with the press.

This morning I spoke to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Director, Yukiya Amano: he confirmed once again that Iran is fulfilling all its commitments related to the deal, and that the IAEA continues to have full access to all sites it asks to inspect for its work of verification and monitoring. Here is what I told journalists this morning.

Today in Luxembourg, together with the 28 EU Foreign Ministers, we confirmed our shared resolve to preserve the deal. For this reason, I will be in Washington at the beginning of November, meeting with members of the Administration and of Congress. Here is my press conference in Luxembourg on Iran, the Q&A with journalists and our joint statement on the deal with Iran.

On the very same issue of non-proliferation, at today’s Foreign Affairs Council we also approved new European sanctions on North Korea: we want to put maximum pressure on Pyongyang and try to open the space for a mediation (here are the Council Conclusions on North Korea). I discussed North Korea, Iran and non-proliferation also at a conference on the IAEA’s and Euratom’s sixtieth anniversary, last Monday.

At today’s Council we also agreed to send a new European Union’s civilian mission to Iraq, to accompany the country as it reforms its security forces. Here are the Council Conclusions on Iraq, here the statement on my phone call today with the Iraqi Prime Minister, Haider al Abadi, and here is the press conference after the Council, also on Turkey, Myanmar and human rights.

Four other important meeting from the last week: last Tuesday I met with Indonesia’s Foreign Minister, Retno Marsudi; on Wednesday I met with the new Serbian Prime Minister, Ana Brnabic, to discuss the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, but also Serbia’s and the whole region’s future inside the European Union (video); on Thursday with Mali’s Prime Minister Abdoulaye Idrissa Maïga (here is the statement), and with the Cuban Minister of Culture Abel Prieto.