France, UK and Germany regret US decision on Iran

Iran – United States – Joint statement by M. Emmanuel Macron, President of the Republic, Ms Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, and Ms Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany¹

Paris, 8 May 2018

It is with regret and concern that we, the leaders of France, Germany and the United Kingdom, take note of President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States of America from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Together, we emphasize our continuing commitment to the JCPOA. This agreement remains important for our shared security. We recall that the JCPOA was unanimously endorsed by the UN Security Council in Resolution 2231. This resolution remains the binding international legal framework for the resolution of the dispute about the Iranian nuclear programme. We urge all sides to remain committed to its full implementation and to act in a spirit of responsibility.

According to the IAEA, Iran continues to abide by the restrictions set out by the JCPOA, in line with its obligations under the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. The world is a safer place as a result. Therefore we, the E3, will remain parties to the JCPOA. Our governments remain committed to ensuring the agreement is upheld, and will work with all the remaining parties to the deal to ensure this remains the case, including through ensuring the continuing economic benefits to the Iranian people that are linked to the agreement.

We urge the US to ensure that the structures of the JCPOA can remain intact, and to avoid taking action which obstructs its full implementation by all other parties to the deal. After engaging with the US Administration in a thorough manner over the past months, we call on the US to do everything possible to preserve the gains for nuclear non-proliferation brought about by the JCPOA, by allowing for a continued enforcement of its main elements.

We encourage Iran to show restraint in response to the decision by the US; Iran must continue to meet its own obligations under the deal, cooperating fully and in a timely manner with IAEA inspection requirements. The IAEA must be able to continue to carry out its long-term verification and monitoring programme without restriction or hindrance. In turn, Iran should continue to receive the sanctions relief it is entitled to whilst it remains in compliance with the terms of the deal.

There must be no doubt: Iran’s nuclear programme must always remain peaceful and civilian. While taking the JCPOA as a base, we also agree that other major issues of concern need to be addressed. A long-term framework for Iran’s nuclear programme after some of the provisions of the JCPOA expire, after 2025, will have to be defined. Because our commitment to the security of our allies and partners in the region is unwavering, we must also address in a meaningful way shared concerns about Iran’s ballistic missile programme and its destabilizing regional activities, especially in Syria, Iraq and Yemen. We have already started constructive and mutually beneficial discussions on these issues, and the E3 is committed to continuing them with key partners and concerned states across the region.

We and our foreign ministers will reach out to all parties to the JCPOA to seek a positive way forward./.

¹Source of English text: UK government website.

Iran – Telephone conversation between M. Emmanuel Macron, President of the Republic, and Mr Hassan Rouhani, President of Iran – Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic

Paris, 9 May 2018

President Macron spoke today by phone to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

The French President reaffirmed the terms of the statement by the French, British, and German heads of state and government, and reiterated France’s desire to continue implementing all aspects of the Iran nuclear agreement. He emphasized the importance of Iran doing the same.

The President also spoke again about the project of engaging in broad discussions with all the concerned parties, taking the 2015 nuclear agreement as a starting point, to create a mutually beneficial framework on issues related to the development of Iran’s nuclear programme after 2025, ballistic missile activities, and the main crises in the Middle East.

The French and Iranian Presidents agreed to pursue their common efforts vis-à-vis all concerned states with a view to continuing the implementation of the nuclear agreement and preserving regional stability. Their foreign ministers will meet to swiftly begin talks with that purpose in mind./.

Published on 16/05/2018

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