Saving Iran deal ‘more important than ever’

Josep Borrell said the aim of the process was to save the deal, not sink it. (File/AFP)
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Updated 14 January 2020

Saving Iran deal ‘more important than ever’

  • The deal gave Iran sanctions relief in return for curbs on its nuclear program
  • Britain, France and Germany accused Tehran of repeated violations of the deal but insisted they remained committed to it

BRUSSELS: The EU’s diplomatic chief on Tuesday urged all parties to the Iran nuclear accord to save it, saying escalating tensions made the deal “more important than ever.”
Josep Borrell, the EU’s foreign affairs high representative, spoke after Britain, France and Germany formally triggered a dispute mechanism under the 2015 accord, after Iran announced its fifth major step back from compliance.
The deal gave Iran sanctions relief in return for curbs on its nuclear program.
Borrell, who will oversee the dispute mechanism which could ultimately lead to reimposition of UN sanctions, said the aim of the process was to save the deal, not sink it.
“The dispute resolution mechanism requires intensive efforts in good faith by all. As the coordinator, I expect all JCPOA participants to approach this process in that spirit,” he said, using an acronym for the deal’s formal title.
“In light of the ongoing dangerous escalations in the Middle East, the preservation of the JCPOA is now more important than ever,” he said.
In launching the process, Britain, France and Germany accused Tehran of repeated violations of the deal but insisted they remained committed to it.


Singapore confirms two more Wuhan virus cases, taking tally to three

Updated 24 January 2020

Singapore confirms two more Wuhan virus cases, taking tally to three

  • The ministry said it expected more imported cases because of high travel volume from China

SINGAPOR: Singapore confirmed two more cases of a new strain of coronavirus, its health ministry said on Friday, a day after identifying its first case of the infection that originated from China.

The ministry said it expected more imported cases because of high travel volume from China, where the virus has killed 25 people and infected more than 800. Singapore’s tally of confirmed cases is now three.