August 5, 2020

Mogherini asks to differentiate between support for the nuclear pact with Iran and attacks

The High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Policy, Federica Mogherini, urged today to "distinguish" between community support for the agreement with Iran not to produce nuclear weapons and the alleged planning of attacks attributed to it in countries European

"It is always very important for us to make clear distinctions between these issues (the alleged attacks) and, on the other hand, our full support for the nuclear agreement with Iran, which is still very strong, and in which we continue to work as much as we can" , Mogherini told the press on the occasion of a Council of Foreign Ministers of the EU.

The Italian policy recalled that the meeting would make reference to the situation, after holding Denmark responsible to Iran's intelligence service to plan an attack on its territory against members of the Iranian opposition in late October.

"I have discussed the situation, that attempt, with the Danish Foreign Minister, when it happened," Mogherini recalled.

"It is very important for us to address all the challenges and complications that come with the behavior of Iran, whether on European soil or in the region, that is something we always deal with very openly with our Iranian counterparts," he said.

This is the first time that the foreign ministers of the community have met since the United States reintroduced sanctions against Iran after distancing itself from the nuclear agreement with that country.

The EU countries are still working on a mechanism for US extraterritorial sanctions not to affect European companies that want to do business with Iran.

Fundamentally, its preparation is in the hands of the finance ministers of France, Germany and the United Kingdom, Mogherini said.

"His work continues and we support him (…) They work hard to finish the work, which progresses in a positive way," he estimated.

Mogherini considered "a crucial step" his involvement as well as that of other member states, which "makes me think that it will be finished sooner rather than later".

For her part, the Austrian Foreign Minister, Karin Kneissel, whose country chairs the EU Council this semester, said that "we have followed these accusations very carefully".

"We are closely following these cases and we take them very seriously," he said, as he recalled the case in July of an Iranian diplomat accredited to the Iranian Embassy in Vienna, who was arrested in Germany.

Asked if they are willing to apply sanctions to Tehran related to these cases, Kneissel replied: "Honestly, for me it is very early, I do not have all the information on the table to make that decision at this time."

"Many countries have been affected, Austria has been affected, we have pointed this out on different occasions very seriously to our Iranian counterparts," he stressed.


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