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About the JCPoA

In parallel with the adoption of EU restrictive measures (sanctions), diplomatic discussions were held between Iran and the 'E3/EU+3' (France, UK, Germany, and the EU + the US, Russia, and China) on the issue of Iran enriching uranium. These led to an agreement on a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) on 14 July 2015. The EU has been involved throughout the implementation of this plan, including the progressive lifting of nuclear-related sanctions against Iran.


Under the terms of the JCPoA, in exchange for the lifting of nuclear-related sanctions, Iran agreed to restrict certain nuclear enrichment programmes. Consequently, most UN and EU sanctions were lifted on 16 January 2016, but some measures still remain in force.

The JCPoA provides for the lifting of the remaining EU sanctions related to nuclear proliferation by 2023, and all EU and UN sanctions by 2025, subject to Iran’s compliance with the agreement.

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