Europe to Avoid Taking Iran Nuclear Dispute to U.N., EU's Top Diplomat Says

February 4, 2020


Robin Emmott



Josep Borrell, High Representative of the European Union, announced that the EU will extend indefinitely the deadline for resolving the issue of Iranian noncompliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).The EU formally accused Iran of violating the treaty on January 14, triggering the start of a 15-day process to resolve the issue under the dispute resolution mechanism. The EU will avoid a strict time limit that would oblige it to bring the issue to the U.N. Security Council, where new sanctions could be imposed. Borrell stated that progress on the issue can only be made if the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) remains in Iran to monitor its nuclear activities.