Remarks by HR/VP Mogherini at the Europe-Asia Meeting Summit (Excerpts)

October 18, 2018

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear

We are opening tonight the ASEM [Asia-Europe Meeting] Summit. I believe that the presence of 51 countries and the very high level of the delegations – both on the European and on the Asian side – demonstrate how strategically important this relationship is.

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Q. When are you going to create the new regime to protect Iran from the US sanctions?

This is something that we have presented during the [United Nations] General Assembly ministerial week in New York. The Member States of the European Union have decided to put this system in place, so they are now working on the concrete establishment of this. I am confident that they will continue this work in a successful manner in the coming weeks.

Q. Are you going to seek more cooperation in this case with your partners from Asia?

I have to say that our partners from Asia have always shown a lot of interest in working to keep the full implementation of the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action – Iran nuclear deal]; obviously for security reasons that also concern Asia and Central Asia. But we tend to forget that Iran is not only a Middle Eastern country; it is also a country that have long borders with Afghanistan for instance, and that has many interests and links with Asia. I have always very much seen the interest and also exactly the same position that we have with our Asian partners on the need to maintain the JCPOA and on the need for Iran to stick to the full compliance to the nuclear commitments taken.

Thank you very much.