EU official says U.S., others don't see breach of Iran nuke deal

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini answers questions during a news conference following a European Union-hosted meeting about the Iran nuclear deal at United Nations headquarters on Wed., Sept. 20, 2017.

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NEW YORK -- Federica Mogherini, the European Union foreign policy chief, says all parties to the Iran nuclear deal agree that the accord is being implemented as planned and U.S. complaints about other Iranian behavior should be discussed outside the context of the agreement.

Mogherini told reporters Wednesday evening at the conclusion of a meeting of parties to the 2015 deal that the United States agrees that Iran is in compliance with the nuclear agreement, formally called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The deal "is working and is delivering for its purpose," Mogherini said, and the deal's preservation is important at a critical time in the world. 

In answer to a question by CBS News' Pamela Falk, Mogherini said, "There was no discussion of changes" because the agreement is embodied in a Security Council resolution.

Mogherini said she could not say whether the U.S. would remain in the deal, but stresses that the European Union is committed to preserving it. Her comments followed a meeting at the United Nations that was also attended by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley was also at the meeting and both she and Tillerson made the point that there are differences with how the U.S. interprets the agreement.

Earlier Wednesday, Mr. Trump told reporters Wednesday at the United Nations General Assembly in New York that he has "decided" on what he will do about the Iran nuclear deal, although he isn't saying yet what that decision is.

"I have decided," Mr. Trump, in a bilateral news conference with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, repeated three times.

Pressed by reporters for his decision, the president smiled, saying, "I'll let you know what the decision is," according to the White House press pool.

Late Wednesday, Tillerson said at a press conference that he doesn't know what the commander-in-chief has decided.

"He has not shared that with anyone externally," Tillerson said of Mr. Trump. "When he thinks it is useful to let you know," he added with a chuckle. He described the President's thinking as "very deliberative," saying he is studying if the deal serves the interests of the American people. 

In August, Haley met with the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Yukiya Amano, focused on trying to make what President Trump has called the "worst deal," better, by pressing Iran to stop test launching ballistic missiles, Falk reports.

In an August 2 letter sent to Italian Ambassador Sebastiano Cardi, who chairs the Iran sanctions committee, and to U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Haley argued on behalf of France, Germany, Britain and the U.S. that Iran had taken actions inconsistent with the nuclear deal by launching a Simorgh space launch vehicle that has the capacity to carry a nuclear weapon.

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The Joint Commission Meeting hosted by European Union is attended by representatives from Russia, United Kingdom, U.S., Iran, China and others including Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, United Kingdom Ambassador Karen Pierce, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, China's U.N. Ambassador Liu Jieyi and others at United Nations headquarters in New York on Sept. 20, 2017.

Reuters