French president tells Trump all must respect Iran’s nuclear deal
French President Emmanuel Macron has told his US counterpart Donald Trump that all the signatories to the Iran nuclear deal should respect the terms of the agreement.
In a Thursday phone conversation with Trump, Macron reaffirmed France's determination to see "the strict application of the deal and the importance of all the signatories to respect it," AFP quoted the Elysee Palace as saying in a statement.
Trump had in October 2016 refused to certify Iran’s compliance with the deal in defiance of several reports by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirming Tehran’s full commitment.
He stopped short of withdrawing from the deal, leaving it to Congress to decide whether to re-impose nuclear-relations sanctions on Iran within a 60-day period.
Congress, however, passed the ball back to Trump by letting a mid-December deadline pass without making a decision on the issue.
While the JCPOA is solely about Iran’s nuclear program, the Trump administration claims that Tehran’s growing regional influence and achievements in its conventional missile program violate the “spirit” of the nuclear deal.
Iran and other signatories to the JCPOA have warned against the adverse consequences of a possible US move to step away from the landmark agreement, saying it would be counterproductive.
Since the JCPOA’s implementation, the IAEA has been verifying and monitoring Iran’s compliance with its nuclear-related commitments under the accord and has consistently verified the Islamic Republic’s compliance.