News ID: 264293
Published: 0244 GMT January 13, 2020

France, Russia want to safeguard Iran nuclear deal: Macron

France, Russia want to safeguard Iran nuclear deal: Macron

France and Russia have a shared desire to safeguard Iran’s nuclear deal, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday.

Macron said in a statement he had a phone call on Sunday with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Leaders of Britain, France and Germany on Sunday called on Iran to return to full compliance with a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and refrain from further actions.

“It is essential that Iran return to full compliance with its commitments under the agreement,” Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.

The Europeans' call on Iran to fully comply with the nuclear deal stands in contrast to their failure to protect the Islamic Republic from unilateral US sanctions on Tehran after Washington abandoned the accord. 

Tehran has particularly been disappointed with the European trio’s failure to protect its business interests under the deal after the United States' withdrawal.

After patiently watching for more than a year and seeing no clear action from the other signatories of the nuclear deal, Iran invoked Articles 26 and 36 of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to let go of some of the limitations put on its nuclear work. 

In their statement Sunday, the European leaders said the Iranian countermeasures “must be reversed”.

“We have made clear our regret and concern at the decision by the United States to withdraw from the JCPOA and to reimpose sanctions on Iran,” they said.

“We remain committed to the JCPOA and to preserving it; we urge Iran to reverse all measures inconsistent with the agreement and return to full compliance,” they added.

So far, Tehran has broken free of some limitations of the accord in five stages, the last of which came on January 5. The country has made it clear that it will reverse its measures as soon as Europe finds practical ways to shield mutual trade from the US sanctions.

While Europe appears reluctant to rock the boat in its relations with Iran, it has dangled the threat of triggering a mechanism that could result in UN sanctions being reimposed on Tehran.

European diplomats have been cited as saying that unless Iran passes a certain threshold, the bloc will not push toward sanctions, but it is unclear what the Europeans’ breaking point would be.

In their Sunday statement, Europeans said they "remain ready to engage with Iran on this agenda in order to preserve the stability of the region".

Reuters, AFP and Press TV contributed to this story.



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