Iran missile tests no violation of nuclear deal

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Iran missile tests no violation of nuclear deal
14/04/2016
Iran missile tests no violation of nuclear deal
EU foreign policy chief:
TEHRAN – The European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says Iran’s missile activities are not in contravention of the country’s nuclear agreement with the six world powers.
“We do not see the missile tests as a breach of the JCPOA,” she said on Saturday during a joint press conference with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Tehran, Press TV reported.
She was referring to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the nuclear agreement reached between Iran and the P5+1 states — Russia, China, France, Britain, the US and Germany — in Vienna last July.
Mogherini, however, said “this doesn’t mean that we are not concerned.”
Zarif, in turn, told the presser that Iran’s missile tests neither breach the JCPOA nor any United Nations Security Council resolutions as the missiles “are not designed to carry nuclear weapons.”
Elsewhere in the press conference, the two sides underscored their determination to promote Iran-EU bilateral relations in various areas, particularly economy, as well as cooperation on other issues of international importance.
Zarif said Mogherini’s trip to Tehran could be a “new beginning” in ties between Tehran and the 28-nation bloc.
“Today is the serious beginning in the relations between Iran and the European Union and we hope that this cooperation leads to common interests, progress and international development for the people of Iran and EU,” Zarif said.
He said economic and financial cooperation as well as the opening of a permanent EU office in Tehran is on the agenda of talks, adding that four statements are to be issued at the end of the discussions.
Meanwhile, Iran and the European Union say last year’s nuclear agreement reached between Tehran and the P5+1 group of countries has opened a new chapter in bilateral relations, urging all parties to fully carry out their commitments stipulated in the deal.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini issued a joint statement following bilateral talks in the Iranian capital of Tehran on Saturday.
According to the joint statement, Iran and the EU pledged to expand cooperation to contribute to the development of Iran’s economy and social welfare, promote regional peace, stability and security and settle differences through peaceful approaches.
The two sides agreed to hold regular high-level political talks as well as annual political consultations at a ministerial level.
Iran and the 28-nation bloc will also strengthen economic, financial and banking cooperation, combat money-laundering and contribute to efforts aimed at stopping the flow of financial resources to terrorists.
They agreed to boost trade ties and investment with the EU pledging to support Iran’s bid to join the World Trade Organization (WTO).

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