Iran, France Stress Commitment to JCPOA

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Foreign ministers of Iran and France in a telephone conversation emphasized the necessity for all parties to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to remain committed to the accord.

Iran, France Stress Commitment to JCPOA

In a phone conversation on Thursday evening, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian underlined the need for commitment to the JCPOA, the nuclear agreement between Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany).

The French diplomat also underscored that Iran must benefit from the JCPOA’s economic gains.

It came a day after Foreign Minister Zarif discussed the latest developments surrounding the JCPOA in separate telephone conversations with European Union Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini and with German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel.

The top EU and German diplomats had also stressed that all parties to the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers need to fulfil their obligations.

Concerns have been growing in recent weeks that the US administration unilaterally scraps the JCPOA.

In a Friday speech, US President Donald Trump is expected to declare that the JCPOA is no longer in America’s national security interests and to decertify the multilateral agreement.

Iran and the Group 5+1 (also known as E3+3) reached the 159-page nuclear accord in July 2015 and implemented it in January 2016.

Last month, Trump, during an address before the United Nations General Assembly, said, "The Iran deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into frankly that deal is an embarrassment to the United States, and I don't think you've heard the last of it”.

Since the historic deal was signed in Vienna, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has repeatedly confirmed the Islamic Republic’s compliance with its commitments under the JCPOA, but some other parties, especially the US, have failed to live up to their undertakings.

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