The European Union supports efforts to bring the U.S. back to work under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to resolve the Iranian nuclear dossier, calls on Iran to fully implement its obligations, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell said in a statement.
“We support diplomatic efforts within the joint JCPOA commission led by the EU High Representative to fully implement the plan. In this context, we also express support for the intensive diplomatic efforts to ensure that the U.S. returns to the JCPOA and that Iran resumes its full implementation,” the document reads.
Earlier, U.S. President-elect Joe Biden said that his predecessor’s withdrawal from the international deal with Iran was a mistake and that he intends to return Washington to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
“We welcome President-elect Biden’s positive statements and look forward to working with the new U.S. administration,” the statement said.
Earlier, Tehran began producing highly enriched uranium because of the “Strategic Sanctions Elimination Measure” law, which involves the production of uranium at an enrichment level of 20 percent or higher and is designed to ensure Iran’s interests under the nuclear deal. In addition, Iran has begun installing and assembling new generations of IR-2M and IR-6 centrifuges outside the deal.
The nuclear deal envisages enrichment of uranium at 3.67% and use of IR-1 centrifuges, but Iran abandoned restrictions on this issue a year ago in light of violations of the nuclear deal by other parties and the U.S. withdrawal from it, formally enriching uranium to levels above 4% and beginning development of more advanced centrifuges for uranium enrichment.
According to the EU, Iran’s launch of uranium enrichment at 20 percent undermines diplomatic efforts to implement the nuclear deal. “This is a very serious development that causes deep concern,” Borrell said in a statement. According to him, such a move by Iran jeopardizes diplomatic efforts in this area. “We call on Iran to refrain from further escalation,” the European diplomatic chief said.