Iran – Iranian announcements on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – Statement by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Deputy Spokesperson (8 May 2019)

Iran has announced that it wants to restrict some of its commitments under the Vienna agreement on the Iranian nuclear programme (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, JCPOA).

France notes these statements with concern. It is determined to ensure that the agreement, which is central to the international non-proliferation system and to international security, is fully implemented.

It is important to avoid any actions which would prevent the parties currently committed to the agreement from implementing their obligations or which would fuel an escalation.

It therefore calls firmly on Iran to continue complying with all its nuclear obligations under the agreement and the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, and to refrain from any measures that would put it in breach of its commitments.

France recalls the statement by the E3 ministers and the High Representative on 4 May, which expressed deep regret over the re-imposition of sanctions by the United States following its withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

France remains determined to work towards preserving and maintaining Iran’s financial circuits and exports, together with third countries interested in supporting the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

France is in close contact with the other remaining participants in the agreement, in particular the European ones, to examine Iran’s announcements in detail.