UK, France Reiterate Commitment To Upholding Iran Nuclear Deal

LONDON, Jan 20 (NNN-AGENCIES) – Britain and France reaffirmed their commitment to the Iran nuclear deal, while acknowledging the need to define a long-term framework, to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, said a Downing Street spokesperson.

British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and French President, Emmanuel Macron, made the remarks during a meeting on the margins of the Berlin conference on Libya.

“They agreed on the importance of deescalation and of working with international partners, to find a diplomatic way through the current tensions,” the spokesperson said.

France, Britain and Germany, said, they have triggered the dispute mechanism, set up in the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), with the hope to preserve the nuclear deal and bring Iran back into full compliance with its commitments.

Iran, however, said, its withdrawal from practical commitments under the JCPOA is a reaction to the U.S. exit from the deal in May 2018, and the subsequent sanctions, and also a response to Europe’s sluggishness in facilitating Iran’s banking transactions and its oil exports.

“Britain, France and Germany, three parties to the Iranian deal, claim that Europe has kept its obligations under JCPOA, however, in reality, they have not imported Iran’s oil and have not facilitated Iran’s international banking actions,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted.– NNN-AGENCIES