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Can the Iran nuclear deal be saved?

20 June 2019

The EU External Affairs Sub-Committee will hold a one-off evidence session on the Iran nuclear deal with Ellie Geranmayeh from the European Council on Foreign Relations.


Thursday 20 June, Committee Room 1, Palace of Westminster

At 10.00am

  • Ellie Geranmayeh, Deputy Director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme and Senior Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations
  • Sir Richard Dalton, former Associate Fellow at Chatham House and former UK Ambassador to Iran

Likely questions

Questions likely to be asked include:

  • In respect of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), how significant are the commitments Iran is threatening to cease and would that invalidate the agreement altogether?
  • How would the EU's INSTEX vehicle and Iranian Special Trade and Finance Institute work? To what extent could INSTEX realistically help mitigate the effects of the US sanctions?
  • What role could China and Russia, and possible other actors, play in safeguarding the JCPOA?
  • If the EU was unable to save the JCPOA, what alternatives would they have to keep Iran from furthering its nuclear programme?
  • Could you comment on the recent explosions on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, which the US claims Iran is responsible for? What would you expect their impact to be on relations between Iran, the US, and the E3?

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