ASEM Foreign Ministers’ Meeting
15-16 December 2019
Chair’s Statement, 16 December 2019
Regarding Iran, Ministers expressed their collective support for the full and effective implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) by all sides. The JCPOA was unanimously endorsed by the UNSC in Resolution 2231 and is a key element of the global nuclear non-proliferation architecture in all its aspects. Ministers recalled that both nuclear commitments and lifting of sanctions are essential parts of the agreement. They expressed serious concerns about a series of developments, in particular the recent steps with regard to the implementation of Iran’s nuclear commitments under the JCPOA. They also called for restraint and de-escalation of current tensions in the wider region while encouraging initiatives fostering dialogue among all relevant parties.