PNND Update

Dear friends,

Federica Mogherini, the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and a PNND Council Member, yesterday announced the lifting of EU economic sanctions against Iran.

The move followed confirmation from the International Atomic Energy Agency that Iran has complied with the terms of last July's landmark deal - the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action – which provides restrictions and international verification of Iran’s nuclear energy program to ensure it is only able to be used for peaceful purposes.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif hold a joint press conference in Vienna on January 16, 2016.
AFP Photo Joe Klamar
"This achievement clearly demonstrates that with political will, perseverance, and through multilateral diplomacy, we can solve the most difficult issues and find practical solutions that are effectively implemented," Mogherini said in a joint statement with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

In Washington, President Barack Obama signed executive orders lifting U.S. economic sanctions on Iran. For Iran, the moves unlock access to $100 billion in frozen overseas assets and unleashes new opportunities for its battered economy.

For more information see PNND article Mogherini announces end of EU sanctions against Iran.

Prisoner exchange
The US and Iran used the occasion of ‘Iran nuclear deal implementation day’ to announce a swap of prisoners. Four Americans imprisoned in Iran were exchanged for seven Iranians held or charged in the United States. US Secretary of State John Kerry linked the trust built between Iran and the United States over the past two years of talks to the possibility of securing the prisoner swop.
Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, one of the U.S. prisoners in Iran released in conjunction with the  'Iran nuclear deal implementation day'.
Honoured by the Arms Control Association

On January 7, the Arms Control Association announced the results of the online vote for Arms Control Persons of the Year. Mogherini, Zarif and Kerry were voted as Runner-up Arms Control Persons of the Year for their leadership in negotiating the Iran deal. The winners of the poll were Setsuko Thurlow and the Hibakusha (survivors) of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear blasts. See 2015 Arms Control Person of the Year Announced.

Yours sincerely

Alyn Ware
Alyn Ware
PNND Global Coordinator
On behalf of the PNND Coordinating Team

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