USA, European Union Violate Nuclear Deal, Iran Says

08 March, 2018, 01:36 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
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His statements have not been warmly received in Iran, with Zarif telling Monday's reformist Etemad newspaper: "In order to keep the United States in the Iran nuclear deal, European countries are suffering from extremism and this will ultimately undermine Europe's policy".

Le Drian was in Tehran on a delicate mission to reaffirm Europe's support for a nuclear deal that opened Iran's economy while echoing US concern about Tehran's missile programme and role in regional conflicts.

Zarif further accused the U.S. of failing to fulfill its commitments under the agreement.

France's foreign minister visited Iran on Monday on a delicate mission to affirm Europe's support for a nuclear deal that opened Iran's economy while echoing U.S. concern about Tehran's missile programme and role in regional conflicts.

Netanyahu's central argument is that if the U.S. were to put in place new sanctions against Iran, countries throughout the world would be forced to choose between access to the Iranian economy, with its GDP of approximately $500 billion, and the American economy, with its GDP of almost $20 trillion.

French diplomatic source reported Le Drian saying: "We're not going to be Donald Trump's envoys or Iran's defence lawyers".

After his talks, he was due to inaugurate a new exhibition with works from the Louvre Museum in Tehran.

Zarif stressed that Iran can not be pushed around and warned that "any action to satisfy the party that has most violated the nuclear agreement is useless".

Iran's ballistic missile capacity and position "worries us enormously", Le Drian said last week at a news conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, indicating that the range of what is needed for purely defensive purposes.

The top French diplomat is scheduled to hold talks with his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, and President Hassan Rouhani during the day-long visit.

"The country's defense capabilities will continue non-stop and foreigners do not have the right to enter this field", Jazayeri said Monday, according to the semi-official Fars news agency. Iran's armed forces spokesman said Saturday there could be no talks on the country's missile program without the West's destruction of its own nuclear weapons and long-range missiles first.

The French government has also raised concerns over Iran's ballistic missile research.

As stated by Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, when commenting on Donald Trump's threat; it would be possible for Iran to produce 20 percent enriched uranium at its Fordo plant, within four days of the nuclear deal collapsing.

During his stay, Le Drian is also expected to discuss bilateral ties.



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