France, UK and Germany stand by Iran nuclear deal

Iran – United States – Joint statement by France, Germany and the United Kingdom¹

Paris, 13 October 2017

We, the leaders of France, Germany and the United Kingdom, take note of President Trump’s decision not to recertify Iran’s compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action [JCPoA] to Congress and are concerned by the possible implications.

We stand committed to the JCPoA and its full implementation by all sides. Preserving the JCPoA is in our shared national security interest. The nuclear deal was the culmination of 13 years of diplomacy and was a major step towards ensuring that Iran’s nuclear programme is not diverted for military purposes. The JCPoA was unanimously endorsed by the UN Security Council in Resolution 2231. The International Atomic Energy Agency has repeatedly confirmed Iran’s compliance with the JCPoA through its long-term verification and monitoring programme. Therefore, we encourage the US administration and Congress to consider the implications to the security of the US and its allies before taking any steps that might undermine the JCPoA, such as re-imposing sanctions on Iran lifted under the agreement.

At the same time as we work to preserve the JCPoA, we share concerns about Iran’s ballistic missile programme and regional activities that also affect our European security interests. We stand ready to take further appropriate measures to address these issues in close cooperation with the US and all relevant partners. We look to Iran to engage in constructive dialogue to stop destabilizing actions and work towards negotiated solutions.

Our governments are committed to ensuring the JCPoA is maintained. Independent of the JCPoA, we need to make sure that our collective wider concerns are being addressed.

We have asked our foreign ministers to consider with the US how to take these issues 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

Paris, 13 October 2017

President Emmanuel Macron spoke to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in the middle of the afternoon.

During the telephone conversation, the French President assured President Rouhani of France’s commitment to the framework set by the Vienna agreement of 14 July 2015. He reiterated that the decisions expected from the United States would not end the agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme, and that with all the parties France and its European partners would continue to implement their commitments.

The President recalled three conditions for continuing, in the coming months, the ambitions of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) concluded in Vienna:

- strict compliance with the stipulations of the nuclear agreement. In this respect, the French President told Mr Rouhani that he would be having a meeting with Mr Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), next week;

- the possibility of Iran benefiting from the economic advantages permitted by the agreement;

- dialogue and progress on subjects not covered by the 2015 agreement but which are crucial in the current strategic context, particularly the concerns linked to Iran’s ballistic programme and regional security issues. The French President expressed, among other things, his desire to work with Iran for a lasting political solution to the Syria crisis.

The French President also said that Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, would be going to Iran in the next few weeks to discuss these points with his counterpart, Mr Javad Zarif.

During the conversation, President Rouhani provided the assurance that Iran would continue to implement its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, particularly in the framework of cooperation with the IAEA. A visit to Iran by the French President, at President Rouhani’s invitation, has been envisaged./.

Published on 18/10/2017

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