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Wednesday, 7 October 2020 - Brussels Provisional edition

Situation in Iran (debate)

  Mick Wallace (GUE/NGL). – Madam President, not extending the sanctions against Iran at the UN Security Council was certainly welcome. But Mr Borrell, you said that the EU has learned lessons from recent developments and that the EU must take a more independent position. Are you prepared to act out upon these lessons?

Due to the US unilateral sanctions, the EU as a member and coordinator of the JCPOA has not complied with its own obligations under the JCPOA. You are tasked with overseeing the implementation of the EU law, including the blocking statute Council Regulation (EC) No 2271/96. What have you done in practice to protect legitimate trade with Iran? Under the blocking statute, EU countries are not allowed to abide by US extraterritorial sanctions. But our failure to stand against the lawless behaviour of the US makes us complicit in punishing millions of Iranians and abusing their human rights.

When is the EU going to find the courage to abide by international law and say ‘no’ to US bullying? When will you, Mr Borrell, say ‘no’ to US imperialism?

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