Tehran 0
4 February 2020

During a trip to Tehran, EU High Representative Josef Borrell indicated that the E3’s triggering of the JCPOA’s dispute resolution mechanism “does not mean that these countries want to go to the [UN] Security Council in order to definitely cancel the nuclear deal… all of them insisted that this is not a measure oriented to finish with the deal, but to try to keep it alive”. He added that “all of them agreed on enlarging and continuously postponing the dates and the time limits that the regulation of the JCPOA foresees”. Borrell also indicated that he had “asked the Iranian authorities, and I think they agreed, to continue with the surveillance by the IAEA”. He went on to state that “we expect some positive steps on the nuclear side and Iranian expect some positive aspects on the economic side… we are all in agreement not to go directly to a strict time table which would oblige us to go to the UN Security Council. This is the most important thing I can say about it. Our will is not to start a process that ends the JCPOA, but that keeps it alive”.   

Subscribe to Crisis Group’s Email Updates

Receive the best source of conflict analysis right in your inbox.