In this excerpt from a speech on the subject of the Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA) delivered at the European Parliament on December 12, 2017, Federica Mogherini, the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, talks about a clause in the deal, included at the Iranian regime’s request, which expressed a desire that the deal could form “the basis for a different kind of engagement, a more constructive engagement in the region”.
In Mogherini’s words: “Then, it is true: not in an article of agreement – I know it almost by heart by now – but in the preamble, there is a reference – half of a sentence – that says something like: this agreement could open the way, could put the basis for a different kind of engagement, a more constructive engagement in the region. And that sentence – here maybe I disclose a secret – was introduced on Iran’s request. Because the Iranian leadership at the time – which is the same that has been re-confirmed today – intended to use the agreement as a way to ask their own population, their own public opinion, for a mandate to engage with the rest of the world, in a political battle, which inside Iran – you know very well – has happened and will continue to happen. And some of you referred to the fact that undermining the full implementation of the nuclear deal also weakens those in Iran’s political scene that are trying to commit in their own way – which is not ours – towards an opening and an engagement with the rest of the world.”