0248 GMT February 19, 2020
"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.