Iran deal failure would be 'great loss': IAEA

08 March, 2018, 01:41 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • UN Nuclear Watchdog: Iran-Accord Failure Would Be 'Great Loss'

Jean-Yves Le Drian aims to save the 2015 nuclear deal, which US President Donald Trump has threatened to quit unless European allies help "fix" it by forcing Iran to change its behaviour in other areas.

A US exit could kill the agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which Tehran has refused to renegotiate.

Shamkhani made the remarks in a meeting with the visiting French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in the capital, Xinhua news agency reported.

It is the first visit by one of the European signatories to the 2015 nuclear agreement since US President Donald Trump set an ultimatum that he would abandon it in May if it was not "improved".

Iranian university students gathered at Tehran's worldwide Mehrabad airport at on Sunday night to protest Le Drian's visit and his remarks against the country's missile program, calling on Tehran to continue progress "in defense fields".

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Amano said the accord "represents a significant gain for verification" and that if it "were to fail, it would be a great loss for nuclear verification and for multilateralism".

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".

In return under the deal, the United States, European Union and the UN Security Council offered relief from economic sanctions connected to Iran's nuclear program, releasing billions of dollars to Tehran as a result.

He confirmed the findings of a quarterly, confidential IAEA report on Iran issued last month. According to its official BNA news agency, the cell was accused of receiving training in Iran, Iraq and Lebanon.

Earlier, the semi-official Tasnim news agency quoted an Iranian armed forces spokesman as saying: "Iran's missile programme will continue non-stop and foreign powers have no right to intervene on this issue".

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On the eve of the French foreign minister's visit to Tehran, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, held a phone conversation on Sunday.

The French president called for Iran to put "the necessary pressure" on its Syrian ally, President Bashar al-Assad, to stop "indiscriminate" attacks on civilians.

A senior Iranian security official said on Monday that the missile programme of the Islamic republic is "not a threat" to any country.

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

Britain, France and Germany are reportedly working with USA officials to draw up a strategy to "improve" the Iran nuclear deal in return for Trump keeping the pact alive.

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"The Iranian authorities told me of their heavy concerns on the humanitarian situation in Syria and their desire to see an end to this catastrophe", Le Drian told reporters.


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