By Iran Probe Staff
Saturday, 13 January 2018
The meeting between Federica Mogherini and Foreign Ministers of the three European countries with Iranian foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, was followed with a press conference without Zarif presence, indicating a deep divide in the position of the two sides.
At the conference, the three European ministers and representative of the European Union, in addition to emphasizing the need to maintain nuclear deal (JCPOA), expressed their stance on the missile program and the regional interference of the Iranian regime, as well as the issue of human rights in Iran.
At the press conference in Brussels, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Ludrian said all signatories should observe nuclear agreement... but nuclear agreement does not mean that we will ignor other points of dispute both in the field of missile program and on the grounds for Iran's actions throughout the region and also issue of human rights in Iran.
Germany's foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel also emphasized on the need to maintain Nuclear deal, but he added that we all strongly believe apart from the nuclear deal, there are other issues that we should immediately discuss
Although there were already differences between the Iranian regime and the European side regarding the issue of maintaining "nuclear deal", and the European side was keen to extend the deal to the issue of Iran missile activities as well as Iran's interference in the region, but to some degree due to the economic interests of the Europeans, the coordination between Iranian regime and the European Union was dominant over the differences.
Currently, because of the nationwide uprising, the Iranian regime is going down in the equation of power balance. First, the human rights situation in Iran is mentioned as one of the differences by Europe. Second, The European position to pressure Iran to accept similar deals effecting its activities in the countries in the region, is growing stronger
Although, considering the short term economic interests, the European counties are pressuring Iran in order to secure their economic interests as soon as possible, however the current uprising and subsequent pressures of the public opinion by the people, the cost of reaching an agreement with the EU is heavier than before. These new developments would push the regime towards its end faster