(MENAFN) Josep Borrell, the head of foreign affairs for the European Union, has reaffirmed that the shattered 2015 Iran nuclear agreement is still alive and may be restored.
Borrell said that although the agreement has come to a stop, it is still alive in an interview with Chilean media site Columna Digital.
“The agreement itself, which was that it [Iran] not become a nuclear power in exchange for allowing it to participate in international trade and, in particular, to export its oil, was already practically reconstructed,” the EU foreign policy chief said, as reported by Fars News.
Borrell then lamented previous U.S. President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
“Trump destroyed it for free. Although it worked well, [the United States] withdrew from the agreement. Afterwards, the substantive agreement was practically finished, although it was not possible to reach the end afterwards,” he added.
Borrell then reiterated Western claims on Iran, stating, “Later, Iran has entered into a dynamic that makes it very difficult to reach agreements of any kind. The repression of internal movements, in particular of women, the application of the death penalty, and the supply of arms to Russia - although they deny that they do so, there is plenty of evidence in this regard - have created an environment in which the nuclear agreement becomes more difficult.”
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