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German FM pledges EU's support for Iran in benefiting from nuke deal

Published : 11 Jun 2019, 08:23

  DF-Xinhua Report

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas. Photo Xinhua.

Visiting German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Monday that Britain, France and Germany are working to help Iran benefit economically from the 2015 international nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Maas, who is in Tehran after his regional tour over the past days, made the remarks at a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif.

The position of three European states is to remain obliged to their JCPOA commitments and to support the atomic accord, said Maas.

"We want Iran-Europe trade to expand and Iran's economic growth to increase through INSTEX, and it is Iran's right to enjoy the financial benefits of the nuclear deal," he noted.

In January, the EU announced the establishment of a payment channel, known as the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX), to secure trade with Iran and skirt U.S. anti-Iran sanctions after Washington pulled out of the 2015 landmark nuke deal in May 2018.

The EU was doing its utmost to help Iran gain benefits from the deal, Maas said.