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JCPOA implementation big step in right direction: EU

Iran Press TV

Mon Jan 18, 2016 3:41PM

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says the implementation of the nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries was a "big step in the right direction" for the Middle East.

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China – plus Germany started on Saturday to implement the nuclear agreement, dubbed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), that they reached in the Austrian capital, Vienna, on July 14, 2015.

"Nothing is automatic, but I'm sure that what we have done on Saturday in Vienna is a big, important step in the right direction for the region," Mogherini said upon her arrival in Brussels on Monday to attend the first meeting of the EU's Foreign Affairs Council in 2016.

She added that the JCPOA implementation proved that even the most difficult relations can come to positive results through dialog, diplomacy and cooperation.

"This is true also for the actors in the region," Mogherini pointed out.

She emphasized that peace cannot be achieved "soon and easily" just as the nuclear agreement "did not come soon and easily. But it came in the end."

After the JCPOA went into effect, all nuclear-related sanctions imposed on Iran by the European Union, the UN Security Council and the US were lifted. Iran in return has put some limitations on its nuclear activities.

The JCPOA was signed following two and a half years of intensive talks between Iran and the P5+1.

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