Published: Thu, May 10, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Iran nuclear deal still stands despite United States withdrawal: French FM

Iran nuclear deal still stands despite United States withdrawal: French FM

French President Emmanuel Macron and Iran's Hassan Rouhani agreed on Wednesday during a phone call to work toward "the continued implementation of the nuclear deal" despite the USA decision to withdraw from the agreement, the French presidency said, Gulf Times reported. "There's an American withdrawal from the deal, but the deal is still there", the minister told RTL radio.

"We are ready to work towards a broader agreement", he said.

Rouhani also told Macron that Iran's rights under the 2015 nuclear deal - particularly those related to oil sales, banking and investment - must be "guaranteed", ISNA reported.

Negotiated by the Obama administration, the 2015 Iran accord included European Union members Germany, France and Britain, and had lifted most United States and global economic sanctions against Iran.

Expressing concerns over "a risk of confrontation" and "a setback for peace", Le Drian, along with his German and British counterparts, said he would meet Iranian officials on Monday to discuss the situation.

MORE declared that he would pull the US out of the pact, which sought to curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for lifting sanctions against the Islamic Republic. Trump's decision means the rejection of worldwide obligations, and France deeply regrets it.

US President Donald Trump abruptly withdrew from the deal Tuesday and restored harsh sanctions against Iran.

It was "not acceptable" for the USA to be the "economic policeman of the planet", he said.

Le Maire pointed out that the withdrawal gives European firms doing business in Iran the "very short time of six months" to wind up investments - or risk USA sanctions.

The French president said "we can plan how to get involved in activities beyond the JCPOA through the enhancement of cooperation".

Thierry Bollore (R), deputy director of Competitiveness at Renault, and Iranian Minister of Industry Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh attend a press conference following a signing of a deal ceremony in Tehran on August 7, 2017.

Trump's decision to quit the Iran accord left European allies scrambling to save the hard-fought deal, and marks a new blow to multilateralism.

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