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Denmark will uphold Iran nuclear agreement

Denmark, alongside Europe, will continue to support the Iran nuclear deal even though the USA has pulled out, Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen said in a written statement last night.

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran nuclear deal, was agreed in 2015 between Iran, the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany, and the European Union.

Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen tweeted shortly after Trumps announcement that Denmark "continues to support the Iran deal, contingent on Iran’s strict compliance," adding the agreement was important for non-proliferation and regional Security " .

Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen said Trump’s decision did not change Denmark’s position. 

“Today’s announcement from the USA does not change the fact that we in Denmark and Europe support the nuclear agreement [JCPOA, ed.],” Samuelsen wrote in a written comment to Ritzau.

“I therefore regret the American decision. The agreement has ensured thorough monitoring inspections of Iran’s civilian nuclear programme and is central for our security,” the foreign minister continued.

Samuelsen added that Denmark was "not naïve" on Iran.

“From a Danish and European point of view, we want to maintain the agreement, provided the IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency, ed.] verifies Iranian compliance. But we are certainly not naïve when it comes to Iran,” he said.

Since the deal was signed in 2015, the IAEA has consistently confirmed that Iran is complying, while the Trump administration has also repeatedly verified Iran’s compliance.

“The EU, and also Denmark, will do everything we can to remain in the agreement, even though the US is now pulling out of it,” he said.

Former foreign minister Holger K. Nielsen, now EU and foreign policy spokesperson with the opposition Socialist People’s Party, told DR Trump’s decision was “catastrophic”.

 


17:02 - 09/05/2018    /    Number : 513761    /    Show Count : 179



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