Latest statements on Iran nuclear deal

Iran – JCPOA – Statement by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson

Paris, 1 May 2018

We note the information presented by the Israeli Prime Minister on Iran’s past activities in the nuclear field.

This information will have to be studied and assessed in detail. On an initial analysis, it confirms that a part of the Iranian nuclear programme – as France and its partners pointed out in the initial revelations in the summer of 2002 – was not for civilian ends. This was the analysis which guided the E3 (France, Germany and the UK, as well as the EEAS) throughout the negotiations on the Vienna agreement (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, JCPOA) of 14 July 2015.

The relevance of this agreement is heightened by the information Israel has presented: all activities linked to the development of a nuclear weapon are permanently banned by the agreement; as for the IAEA inspection regime established by virtue of the agreement, it is one of the most exhaustive and robust regimes in the history of nuclear non-proliferation.

It is essential for the IAEA to be able to continue verifying Iran’s compliance with the JCPOA and the peaceful nature of that country’s nuclear programme. The new information presented by Israel could also confirm the need for longer-term assurances on the Iranian programme, as the French President has suggested.

The IAEA must now have full access to the information presented by Israel and decide on the next steps to take with Iran. We are demanding total cooperation from Iran and full transparency on the issue.

The Joint Commission established by the JCPOA will be able to take into account any information passed on by the IAEA or Israel./.

Russia – Telephone conversation between M. Emmanuel Macron, President of the Republic, and Mr Vladimir Putin, President of Russia – Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic

Paris, 30 April 2018

President Macron spoke this morning to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

They expressed their common wish to preserve the achievements of the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement.

President Macron expressed his desire to see discussions begin, in close cooperation with Russia, the other permanent members of the Security Council, and European and regional powers, on monitoring Iranian nuclear activity after 2025, Iran’s ballistic missile programme, and the situations in Syria and Yemen.

He hoped that Russia would play a constructive role on all of these issues to avoid exacerbating tensions in the region.

The two presidents agreed to work toward this aim in the coming days and weeks.

Ahead of President Macron’s visit to Russia on 24 and 25 May, the two presidents agreed to step up contacts between their teams to achieve concrete progress, particularly on the Syria crisis./.

Israel – Telephone conversation between M. Emmanuel Macron, President of the Republic, and Mr Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel

Paris, 30 April 2018

The French President called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on 30 April.

He told him of the initiatives being taken with a view to a broadened agreement on the monitoring of Iran’s nuclear, ballistic and regional activity.

The President reaffirmed the importance of Israel’s security for France. He emphasized the need to ensure regional stability and prevent any escalation./.

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, 29 April 2018

President Macron spoke by phone with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani for more than an hour on Sunday 29 April.

He expressed his wish that the achievements of the 2015 negotiations be preserved and that discussions begin on another three vital topics: monitoring nuclear activities after 2025, Iran’s ballistic missile program, and the main regional crises.

The French and Iranian presidents agreed to work first and foremost, in the coming weeks, on preserving all components of the 2015 agreement, as well as on the situations in Yemen and Syria.

In conjunction with the permanent members of the Security Council and European and regional partners, it was agreed that advisers and ministers will work closely on these issues in the coming days and weeks.

President Macron also reaffirmed that France will remain in the 2015 agreement and will strive to move forward on the other three topics.

He stressed the need to avoid any escalation of tensions in the region./.

Germany – United Kingdom – Telephone conversations between M. Emmanuel Macron, President of the Republic, Ms Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany and Ms Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom – Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic

Paris, 28 April 2018

Following his state visit to the United States (23-25 April) and the German Chancellor’s visit to Washington on Friday 27 April, the French President spoke on Saturday 28 April to Angela Merkel and then British Prime Minister Theresa May.

President Emmanuel Macron set out the results of his state visit to his fellow leaders.

Regarding the future of the nuclear agreement with Iran, the French President discussed with Chancellor Merkel and Prime Minister May the two-pronged approach taken in Washington with Donald Trump: on the one hand, to keep up the effort of persuasion until 12 May to ensure the United States remains in the 2015 agreement; and on the other hand, to begin work now on integrating what was achieved in that agreement into a broader framework agreement also covering the post-2025 period, as well as the United States’ and Europe’s concerns on Iran’s ballistic activity and conflicts in the Middle East.

In this two-pronged effort, the Europeans’ unity in the E3 format (France, Germany and the UK) will be decisive in protecting our interests and our security.

The President also discussed with the German Chancellor and the British Prime Minister the current trade tensions between the European Union and the United States. The three leaders would not like Washington to take any measures contrary to transatlantic interests. The European Union must stand ready to react, if necessary, effectively and swiftly.

The French President, German Chancellor and British Prime Minister agreed to continue their close consultation in the coming days and weeks, at their level and between their teams./.

Published on 09/05/2018

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