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JCPOA shows diplomacy can settle disputes: Iran president

29 July 2015 10:34



Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says a recent agreement reached between Iran and six world powers displayed the power of diplomacy in resolving international issues and disputes.

In a meeting with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini in Tehran on Tuesday, the Iranian president added that the successful conclusion of nuclear talks revived hopes that international problems can be resolved through diplomacy.

Iran and six powers recently adopted the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to put an end to more than a decade of differences over Tehran’s nuclear program.

“This agreement carried the message of peace for all countries in the world and was testimony to the fact that international agreements are still effective if they are fairly observed,” Rouhani said.

He added that the JCPOA proved that “dialogue can lead to the settlement of political problems.”

Rouhani expressed hope that the agreement would serve as a model for the settlement of other regional and international issues.

The Iranian president urged all the negotiating parties to focus on the “precise” implementation of the agreement.

“The agreement will be very important and influential for the future of relations in the region, Europe and the world,” the Iranian president pointed out.

He reaffirmed Iran’s commitment to its promises as required by its cultural, religious and national principles, noting that the full implementation of JCPOA would help improve ties between Iran and the European Union.

Rouhani pointed to ongoing tragic incidents in the region and said the nuclear agreement would help the fight against terrorism and stop war and bloodletting.

Iran and the P5+1 – the United States, France, Britain, Russia, China – plus Germany managed to finalize the text of JCPOA in the Austrian capital of Vienna on July 14. Under the JCPOA, limits are put on Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for a set of commitments by the P5+1, including the removal of all economic and financial bans against the Islamic Republic.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani greets EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini (L) during their meeting in Tehran on July 28, 2015. ©


Serious determination to implement JCPOA

Mogherini, for her part said, she is confident that all the negotiating parties are firmly determined to implement the agreement in light of serious attention they paid to the significance of the nuclear talks.

She added that the JCPOA was a step in favor of promoting peace.

The EU foreign policy chief vowed to make every effort for the accurate and timely implementation of the agreement.

Mogherini expressed the EU’s complete readiness to open a new chapter in its ties with Iran.

She said many European officials would visit Iran within the next weeks, in a sign of interest in better ties with Iran.

Mogherini, who is accompanied by EU political director Helga Schmid, arrived in Tehran on Tuesday, from Saudi Arabia for talks on implementing the JCPOA.

Mogherini was a lead negotiator for the P5+1 group of countries in the long-running talks over Tehran’s nuclear program that culminated in the July 14 agreement.

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