Remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini upon Arrival at the European Council (Excerpts)

June 20, 2019

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Q. How much responsibility does Europe have to diffuse the tensions we see today between the United States and Iran?

I discussed this the day before yesterday in Washington D.C. with Secretary [of State, Mike] Pompeo. We agreed on the fact that it is not in the interest of anybody in the region and in the world to see a military escalation there.

The European Union will do all it can with its partners in the region and beyond to coordinate positions with the United States. 

First and foremost, it is important for us to keep Iran fully compliant with its commitments under the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action – Iran nuclear deal]. We will continue to work in this direction with our Member States and with the rest of the international community. This is the work we are trying to do now.

Q. Do you think that Europe would be the best mediator between the two sides?

We will try to do what we can to diffuse tensions, to open all channels of communication and to make sure that an escalation is avoided.