Federica Mogherini, the head of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, said on Monday that the bloc would stand by its nuclear accord with Iran.
Speaking to journalists on the first anniversary of the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), coming into effect, Mogherini said:
“Today we mark the first anniversary of the beginning of the implementation of the Iran nuclear deal… We start the first council of the year with the proof that diplomacy works and delivers and the European Union will continue to work for the respect and the implementation of this extremely important deal, most of all for our security.”
The nuclear deal was signed between Tehran and a global bloc consisting of the US, Britain, Russia, France, China and Germany. The accord foresaw Iran limiting some of its nuclear program in return for the lifting of sanctions.
Mogherini’s words have been assessed as a response to US president-elect Donald Trump, who hit out at the deal recently in interviews with two European newspapers.