The future of the agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme is at the top of the agenda of ministerial week at the United Nations in New York. Following intensive discussions with his counterparts from France, Britain, the United States, Russia, China and the EU, Foreign Minister Gabriel warned against taking a major step back: he said that terminating the agreement would pose a threat to peace in an already volatile region.
Concern about the agreement
After President Trump sharply criticised Iran, there is growing concern that the United States could turn its back on the nuclear agreement with Tehran. “It is in our utmost interest not to jeopardise the nuclear agreement with Iran and certainly not to end it now or in the future”, stated the German Foreign Minister.
He went on to say that the last two years had shown that the agreement was working and that it had prevented a dangerous nuclear proliferation in the region. Everyone, including the Iranians, had adhered to the obligations arising from the agreement, stressed the German Foreign Minister in New York. “The International Atomic Energy Agency’s monitoring mechanisms are effective.”
Gabriel added that the US Administration was right to say that Iran was still not playing a constructive role in the trouble spots in the Middle East. He made it clear that this had to be discussed, “but not by means of a working regional nuclear arms control agreement.”
Crisis management – North Korea and eastern Ukraine high on the agenda
Alongside the agreement with Iran, the issue of a possible peace mission in eastern Ukraine to implement a ceasefire in the region also played a prominent role during ministerial week at the United Nations. Foreign Minister Gabriel discussed this with his Ukrainian counterpart Pavlo Klimkin. Furthermore, the international community assembled in New York looked at ways to resolve the crisis in the Korean Peninsula.