Iran’s non-compliance hurts nuclear deal reactivation: Irish FM to Post

Tehran’s continued pursuit of nuclear weapons development jeopardizes the reactivation of the 2015 Iran deal, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said. The Jerusalem Post before his talk with his Israeli counterpart Yair Lapid on the matter on Wednesday.

“Here’s a real-time consideration,” he told the newspaper a day earlier when speaking about the agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which sought to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power.

“Iran is developing its nuclear capacity outside of what was agreed in the JCPOA. They are no longer close to compliance, “Coveney said.

If this non-compliance continues, “at some point countries that are committed to making the JCPOA work will wonder if it can continue to do the job it was designed to do,” Coveney explained.

Since taking office in January, US President Joe Biden has tried to re-enforce the agreement, which the Trump administration abandoned in 2018. It had been signed between Tehran and six world powers: the United States, Russia, China. , France, United Kingdom and Germany.

DELEGATES Await the start of talks on the reactivation of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal in Vienna, Austria, last month. (credit: EU DELEGATION TO VIENNA / BROCHURE VIA REUTERS)

Israel has opposed the deal, which it believes enabled Iran’s nuclear program and emboldened its regional aggression.

The Biden administration and the signatories to the agreement believe it is the best vehicle available to prevent a nuclear Iran.

EU-led talks with third parties to reactivate the deal have failed and, in the meantime, Iran has gotten a little closer to the point where it could produce a nuclear bomb.

Coveney said his country has a critical role to play in reactivating the agreement, which he supports.

In January 2021, Ireland began a two-year term on the 15-member UN Security Council. He was appointed facilitator of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231, by virtue of which the Council approved the JCPOA.

“In that role, we continue to try to bring the parties together in Vienna to reach an agreement. We believe that if an agreement can be reached, that will make a positive contribution to stability, ”said Coveney.

Failure to reactivate the agreement would create “very significant instability in the region” and lead to “regional proliferation with other countries that want to develop nuclear capacity in response, namely Saudi Arabia,” Coveney said.

So the stakes are high, he said, noting that Iran has currently enriched uranium to 60% purity.

“These are dangerous times, especially for Israel, because of course they are watching this very closely and they are very skeptical of the JCPOA process. I understand that, I have spoken with Israeli ministers many times on that subject, ”said the Irish diplomat.

What is needed are robust and transparent inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency and for “Iran to stop its investment in nuclear capacity” and “comply with the spirit and letter of the JCPOA,” he added.

“But that has to be agreed and negotiated,” he added. “The new Iranian government has indicated that they will return to Vienna for negotiations in the coming weeks; that’s welcome, but that’s just getting people into a room, ”he said.

The real test is whether or not progress can be made once the talks resume, he said.

“There is all kinds of uncertainty surrounding the current negotiations, we know that,” explained Coveney, but Ireland, the EU and the signatories to the agreement, including the Biden administration, believe that it remains the best option available.

“Does it solve all the problems related to Iran? no, he does not do it. Is it better to have it in place than not to have it? yes, we believe so, ”Coveney concluded.

On Wednesday Lapid tweeted about their meeting: “We discussed the bilateral relationship between our two countries and various regional issues, including the threat posed by Iran.”

Coveney also traveled to Ramallah on Wednesday to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Coveney met with Palestinian Authority Deputy Prime Minister Ziad Abu Amr and Amal Jado, a senior official in the Palestinian Authority Foreign Ministry.

They spoke with him about the need for serious European action to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Europe has a role in helping Palestinians achieve their legitimate goals and rights in accordance with international law and United Nations resolutions, according to a statement from the Palestinian Authority, the two Palestinian politicians told him.

The two sides also discussed the severe financial crisis in the Palestinian Authority, as well as Israeli security measures in Jerusalem and the need to end the blockade imposed on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

Abu Amr thanked the Irish Foreign Minister for his country’s positions and the role he plays in supporting the Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian people, especially as Ireland is one of the biggest supporters of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency. the United Nations (UNRWA), according to the Palestinian Authority. statement.

Coveney is scheduled to head to Jordan on Thursday, where he will meet his Jordanian counterpart and inaugurate his country’s new embassy in Amman.

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