A Federal Foreign Office Spokesperson issued the following statement today (14 July) on the second anniversary of the signing of the Vienna agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme:
The Vienna agreement is a key contribution towards nuclear non‑proliferation; it has brought more security to a region blighted by crises and conflicts. Despite all the tensions at present – also with Iran – today on the second anniversary of the signing we expressly welcome what the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed once again just a few weeks ago: the arrangements agreed upon have endured and Iran is continuing to meet its obligations.
Just like our partners, the German Government is very keen to see the Vienna agreement implemented unconditionally by all sides. Only if the agreement is fully implemented can it have a maximum impact and foster mutual trust.
With the Vienna agreement of 14 July 2015, the E3+3 countries – Russia, China, the US, the UK, France and Germany – reached a consensus with Iran on a long‑term settlement of the dispute over Iran’s nuclear programme, following more than a decade of contention. A few days later, on 20 July 2015, the United Nations Security Council endorsed the Vienna agreement (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, JCPoA) via Resolution 2231 (2015). On 16 January 2016 (Implementation Day), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed that Iran had scaled back its nuclear programme as required. In return, the UN, US and EU lifted their economic and financial sanctions, as provided for in the agreement.
The IAEA, which is responsible for monitoring the technical restrictions of the JCPoA with its unprecedented transparency regime, has confirmed in six quarterly reports, most recently on 2 June 2017, that Iran is, in principle, adhering to its undertakings. The implementation of the Vienna agreement as a whole is monitored by the Joint Commission consisting of the E3/EU+3 and Iran, in which Germany is represented.