USA, European Union Violate Nuclear Deal, Iran Says

Glen Norman
March 8, 2018

Le Drian also early on Monday met Ali Shamkhani, secretary of the Supreme National Security Council and a close ally of Iran's supreme leader Ali Khamenei.

However, Zarif noted that the nuclear deal, internationally known as JCPOA, is a multilateral agreement and its fate can not be subjected to the whims of Washington.

Iran is not allowed to enrich uranium beyond 3.67 percent fissile purity under the deal, a level that is suitable for fuelling some civilian nuclear power stations and far short of the 80-90 percent that is considered weapons grade.

Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Yukiya Amano told Press-TV that Iran has been compliant with the deal - and the JCPOA's collapse would be "a great loss". The United States and the Europeans (.), particularly in the banking sector, therefore they are not in a position to set conditions to the country that has fully implemented its commitments, Zarif said.

Iran has long said publicly that it intends to develop nuclear propulsion for naval vessels, though analysts and diplomats say that remains a distant prospect.

France, the United States and the United Nations say Iran supplies ballistic missile technology to Houthi rebels in Yemen, who have fired the weapons into Saudi Arabia. It formally notified the IAEA of that intention in January in what was widely seen as a rebuff to pressure from Trump.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, who arrived in Tehran March 5 morning, has started negotiations with senior Iranian officials.

Netanyahu said the rest of the world should consider how Iran will act if it acquires an atomic arsenal, in light of its current destabilizing actions in the region.

Trump has threatened to withdraw the United States from the accord between Tehran and six world powers, signed in 2015 before he took office, unless Congress and European allies help "fix" it with a follow-up pact.

The French minister had arrived in Iran on Sunday on a delicate mission to reaffirm Europe's support for a nuclear deal that opened Iran's economy, while echoing USA concern about Tehran's missile program and role in regional conflicts.

The deal is "international diplomatic achievement", and it should be protected, he stressed.

French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday voiced his support for the 2015 nuclear deal which limited Iran's nuclear activities in returns for the lift of western sanctions against Tehran.

Any move to undermine the JCPOA would result in the loss of credibility of other global agreements, Shamkhani also made the remarks in a meeting with Le Drian.

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