Original title: joint statement of foreign ministers of Iran nuclear issue
(New York, September 24, 2018)
1. The participants in the comprehensive agreement on Iran's nuclear issue (China, France, Germany, Russia, Britain, Iran's foreign ministers and EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy) held a ministerial meeting in New York on September 24, 2008. The participants discussed ways to ensure the full and effective implementation of all the provisions of the comprehensive agreement. They deplored the unilateral withdrawal of the United States from the Comprehensive Agreement and the resumption of sanctions lifted under the Comprehensive Agreement and its Annex II, and assessed the progress made in finding and implementing a pragmatic solution.
2. The meeting was chaired by the European Union High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy, Mogalini, and attended by the foreign ministers of China, France, Germany, Russia, Britain and Iran.
3. Existing participants in the comprehensive agreement reiterate their commitment to the full and effective implementation of the agreement in a constructive atmosphere. They recalled that the agreement was a key element of the international nuclear non-proliferation regime and an important achievement of multilateral diplomacy, which was unanimously endorsed by UN Security Council Resolution 2231.
IV. The parties to the meeting recognized that Iran has fully and effectively fulfilled its commitments in the nuclear field, and the International Atomic Energy Agency has issued 12 consecutive reports to confirm this. The parties also reiterated that Iran should continue to honour its commitments. The parties will continue to support the alteration of the Arak Heavy Water Reactor and the transformation of the Formo nuclear facility into the Nuclear Physics and Technology Research Center in accordance with the comprehensive agreement. The parties also reaffirmed their support for the launching of civil nuclear cooperation projects on the basis of annex three of the comprehensive agreement.
5. The participants recognized that, while fulfilling Iran's nuclear commitments, lifting sanctions against Iran, including guaranteeing Iran's economic dividend, is an important part of the comprehensive agreement.
6. The participants emphasized their determination to protect their economic entities from free and lawful trade with Iran, which is in full conformity with UN Security Council Resolution 2231.
7. The participants also emphasized the substantial work and progress made so far in support of the comprehensive agreement and the timely and effective normalization of economic and trade relations with Iran, including the intensification of technical dialogue, efforts to maintain and improve bilateral economic relations and the mobilization of substantial resources from all parties, including interested third parties.
8. Against this background, the participants welcomed the EU's renewal of the Blocking Act on 7 August and the extension of the European Investment Bank's credit authorization for Iran.
9. The participants reiterated their continued commitment to the objectives of the Joint Ministerial Statement of the Joint Ministerial Meeting of the Joint Ministerial Committee on the Comprehensive Agreement of 6 July 2018, in particular to take effective measures to protect the channels of settlement with Iran and to enable Iran to continue to export oil, condensate, petroleum and petrochemical products.
10. Recognizing the urgency and necessity of achieving tangible results, the participants welcomed practical proposals to maintain and establish channels of settlement, in particular the establishment of a "special mechanism" to facilitate the settlement of Iranian imports and exports (including oil), which would help and ensure the legitimate trade between economic entities and Iraq. The parties reiterated their support for the work aimed at facilitating the operationalization of the above-mentioned "specialized mechanism" and for the continuation of contacts with regional and international partners in this regard.
11. The participants emphasized their determination to support the above-mentioned pragmatic solutions and agreed to follow up the progress closely and hold joint committee meetings for this purpose, including ministerial meetings as appropriate.
The participants recalled that the above-mentioned initiative was intended to preserve a comprehensive agreement, which was in the common interest of the international community.
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