Collapse of Iran nuclear deal would be 'great loss', IAEA tells Trump

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi

Shamkhani made the remarks in a meeting with the visiting French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in the capital, Xinhua news agency reported.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told his French counterpart it's vitally important that the United States not abandon the Obama-era deal, which lifts Iranian sanctions in exchange for limits on Tehran's nuclear program. Le Drian's office says a key part of the trip will be diplomacy over the war in Syria and trying to get Iran to use its influence on Syrian President Bashar Assad to agree to a cease-fire.

Any collapse of the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and major powers would be a "great loss", the head of the United Nations atomic agency policing the accord said on Monday, alluding to a US threat to pull out of it.

France has ballistic missiles with ranges of more than 6,000 kilometres, which can be launched from submarines, but Le Drian said Iran was risking fresh sanctions if it did not curb its missile programme, which is now limited to 2,000 kilometres.

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Macron praised the demonstrations as "the free expression of the Iranian people", but did not match President Donald Trump's full-throated encouragement of them.

Iran honors its commitment to the treaty to limit its nuclear development plan as the International Atomic Energy Agency has certified on nine occasions. But diplomats familiar with the IAEA's thinking have said the Trump administration's view arises from a poor understanding of how the IAEA does its work in Iran.

Yukiya Amano said that if the deal "were to fail it would be a great loss for nuclear verification and multilateralism".

Le Drian first met Monday with Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council.

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Iran's atomic authority warned that they could produce highly enriched uranium in just two days, should the United States bow out of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), meant to put a halt to Tehran's atomic ambitions, APA reports quoting sputniknews.

The Iranian official called for the acceleration of implementation of the Iranian nuclear deal, internationally known as JCPOA, signed in 2015 between Iran and the P5+1 (Russia, China, the U.S., Britain, France and Germany).

On Saturday, Brigadier General Jazayeri had said that the Islamic Republic's prerequisite for talks on its missile program is for the USA and certain European states to destroy their long-range missiles and nuclear weapons.

Le Drian said that Paris is determined to implement the JCPOA and has taken many practical measures in this regard.

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