USA will fully implement JCPOA, says EU's Foreign Policy Chief Mogherini

"I was told there is no decision taken on the next USA ambassador to the European Union", Mogherini said, adding that she explained to US officials that all EU member states have to agree to accredit a foreign ambassador.

She's also pressing the Trump administration not to walk away from the nuclear deal with Iran, which she oversees. Federica Mogherini made the remarks on Friday during her first visit to Washington since Trump became US President in January.

Acrimony between the European establishment and Mr. Trump mounted for months around his accusations that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is "obsolete", his openness to working with Russian President Vladimir Putin, his criticism of the Iranian nuclear deal, his skepticism about an U.S. -EU free trade deal and his outspoken admiration for anti-EU nationalist politicians such as Britain's Nigel Farage.

"I was reassured by what I heard in the meetings on the intention to stick to the full implementation of the agreement", Ms Mogherini told reporters a day after talks at the White House and State Department.

"A new era in our relationship can mean that we can enter into a more pragmatic and transactional time", Mogherini said.

Mogherini added that she had held a series of meetings during his stay in Washington, including with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs Michael Flynn, and Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner.

Tillerson suggested during his Senate confirmation hearing that he might be open to renegotiating elements of the agreement.

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Trump has said the deal is awful, and Flynn put Iran "on notice" last week for test-firing a ballistic missile, raising the prospect of spiking tensions between Iran and the United States.

Mogherini made clear that a goal of her two-day visit so early in the president's tenure is to establish the principle that the federation will work with the United States whenever possible but will take its own course when it disagrees.

It was unclear how heavily trade issues, which dominated a visit British Prime Minister Theresa May made to Washington two weeks ago, will factor into Ms. Mogherini's meetings.

"No one tells us what to choose", Mogherini said.

"I had in a previous career a diplomatic post where I helped bring down the Soviet Union". Mogherini said she had noted to her US hosts that all 28 nations would have to accept the ambassador. "The European Union is here to stay".

"Europe has its destiny in its own hands", she said.

  • Megan Austin