News ID: 202439
Published: 0250 GMT October 15, 2017

France urges US Congress not to cancel JCPOA

France urges US Congress not to cancel JCPOA

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian urged the US Congress not to rip up the Iran nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action,

"We strongly hope that Congress, which is now responsible for a possible rupture, does not jeopardize the deal," Le Drian said in an interview with AFP, i24NEWS wrote.

"If we denounce a deal that has been respected, it will set a dangerous precedent," particularly in the context of negotiations with North Korea, Le Drian said, echoing other signatories of the Iran deal Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia.

The Republican-controlled Congress will now have to decide whether to reimpose sanctions on Iran – a step that if taken would almost certainly doom the agreement.

"For us, the Vienna accord is a good accord... It is robust and coherent," said Le Drian.

However he left the door open to further talks on what happens after a deadline in 2025, when certain limits on Iran's uranium enrichment are set to expire.

Washington would like to see the curbs extended in perpetuity.

"We can open a preliminary discussions with Tehran on what happens after 2025. If the treaty is respected, Iran can fully exercise its rights under the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

If safeguards or inspections are required on this date, we will start discussing them. It is also a way to avoid breaches today.

We are ready to consider these issues with the Americans," said Le Drian, who will visit Tehran in the coming weeks.

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