UN chief supports EU to salvage Iran nuclear deal

Added On May 17, 2018

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday announced support of EU efforts to salvage the landmark Iran nuclear deal.
The visiting UN chief made the remarks following meetings with European Commision President Jean-Claude Juncker and the college of the European Commission.
For the first time in many decades, the non-proliferation regime, both in relation to nuclear weapons and in relation to chemical weapons, are put into question. We have the cold war back with a difference: Today, there are not the mechanisms that existed in the past cold war of dialogue, of contact, of control to make sure that things will not spiral out of control by any kind of incident.
Guterres addressed a joint press conference in Brussels with Juncker, saying,"We fully support the efforts the European Union is making in order to rescue the JCPOA."
Guterres praised the EU for its role in upholding the Iran deal, vowing the UN would lend support to the EU.
Juncker reiterated the EU's resolve to adhere to the Iran deal, saying it had"primary importance for maintaining peace in the region, and also for peace in the whole world."
U.S. President Donald Trump declared the U.S.would withdraw from the deal in a televised speech earlier this month.
The deal, signed in July 2015, was a landmark agreement between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN?Security Council --Britain, China, France, Russia and the US-- together with the EU and Germany.
Trump claimed that the deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, had failed to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons or limit?terrorism in the region.
Under the deal, Iran agreed to freeze its nuclear programs in return for the lifting of most international sanctions.
The International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna said Iran has complied with all of the conditions established under the deal.