Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani described the European Union’s stance regarding the Iran nuclear deal as “politically good,” but Tehran would like to see “practical measures” taken by the bloc to salvage the deal after the US withdrawal.
In a meeting with a group of French lawmakers in Tehran on Tuesday, Larijani said, “At present, the European Union’s stance is politically good, but Tehran has not signed the agreement in order to see others merely taking stances,” IRNA reported.
European parties to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) need to take “practical measures” to guarantee Iran’s benefits from the deal, as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has confirmed Iran’s full commitment to the deal, he said.
“The European countries must honor their commitments, but what we see is only political support,” he added.
For his part, Philippe Bonnecarrere, president of France-Iran Parliamentary Friendship Group, praised Iran’s commitment to the JCPOA, and said that France would make every effort to preserve the nuclear agreement.
“The Islamic Republic’s stance on the JCPOA has painted a good picture of itself in the international arena, and France would definitely use all its resources to keep this agreement,” he added.
On May 8, the US president pulled his country out of the JCPOA, which was achieved in 2015 after years of negotiations among Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France plus Germany).
Following the US exit, Iran and the remaining parties launched talks to save the accord.
During the meeting, the two sides called for the expansion of bilateral ties, particularly in the economic field.
“Iran’s trade relations with France is the highest among the European countries,” Larijani said, adding that the two sides should strive to increase their current trade level.
Bonnecarrere said his trip to Iran is a sign that France is determined to increase its relations with Iran.
Larijani also condemned the presence of members of the terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) in France, saying the notorious group has the blood of about 17,000 Iranians on its hands.
Touching on the MKO, the French lawmaker said his country did not support the group’s activities in the country.
“The government and people of France have no cooperation with the group, and we are aware of the history of their activities,” he said.