French FM faces criticism on Iran visit

08 March, 2018, 02:13 | Author: Edward Snyder
  • UN Nuclear Watchdog: Iran-Accord Failure Would Be 'Great Loss'

The visit comes in the midst of a scramble by European governments to salvage the 2015 deal after US President Donald Trump threatened he would abandon it unless tough new restrictions were placed on Iran before May 12.

President Donald Trump has repeatedly threatened to withdraw the United States from the landmark 2015 agreement, and past year refused to confirm to Congress that it is in America's national security interest.

The International Atomic Energy Agency has repeatedly found Iran is abiding by its commitments, which curbs its nuclear programme in exchange for a lifting of international sanctions.

However, Zarif noted that the nuclear deal, internationally known as JCPOA, is a multilateral agreement and its fate can not be subjected to the whims of Washington.

Washington put pressure on the European signatories of the agreement to impose some clauses against the Iranian missile program that does not fall within the spirit and letter of the nuclear agreement.

The Iranian official called for the acceleration of implementation of the Iranian nuclear deal, internationally known as JCPOA, signed in 2015 between Iran and the P5+1 (Russia, China, the U.S., Britain, France and Germany).

Qassemi blasted attempts to link Iranian missiles to other issues, including the nuclear deal, saying Iran "will not [ask] permission from anyone on how to regulate these policies and will not allow any country to interfere in such issues and Iran's policies and will not hold talks on such cases".




"If the JCPOA were to fail, it would be a great loss for nuclear verification and for multilateralism", International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Yukiya Amano said in a speech to his agency's 35-nation Board of Governors, using the deal's official name, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

While French leaders, including President Emmanuel Macron, have criticised Iran's missile programme, French companies like oil giant Total SA have bullishly entered the Iranian market after the atomic accord, complicating any possible sanctions.

Iran's ballistic missile capacity and position "worries us enormously", Le Drian said last week at a news conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

"We want to preserve the nuclear deal because it is working, it's robust and because the Iranians are respecting it", his team told AFP ahead of the visit.

He said that both countries have new plans for boosting cooperation in monetary and banking interactions.

"Protecting this diplomatic achievement must be equally important for all of us and verbal support is not enough", Zarif told his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian at a meeting in Tehran, according to Trend.

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