James Carver MEP (Independent West Midlands)
Iran nuclear deal: what options does the EU have after Trump’s decision?
MEPs debated the consequences and the EU’s response to US President Donald Trump’s decision to quit the Iran nuclear deal, with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, on 12/06/2018
The EU stands united behind the Iran nuclear deal, while other issues of concern, such as Iran’s support to the Syrian regime or ballistic missiles programme, should be addressed through different means, said EP’s Foreign Affairs Committee Chair David McAllister (EPP, DE). This statement followed President Trump’s decision not to renew waivers on US sanctions under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
MEPs may look for more explanations on how reintroducing US sanctions might hit deals made between Iran and some EU companies (such as Total or Airbus).
Mr Carver subsequently voted against the resolution for the reasons indicated in his speech.
In July 2015, Iran and six countries (France, Germany, UK, China, Russia and US) plus the EU, signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a landmark agreement to ensure that Iran's nuclear programme remains peaceful, in exchange for terminating restrictive measures against Iran.