Iran - Q&A - Excerpts from the daily press briefing (21.05.19)

Q : With tensions continually on the rise between Iran and the U.S., Tehran has just announced a large increase in its production of enriched uranium.
1) Will this announcement undercut the efforts made by France and Europe to maintain the effects of the JCPoA?
2) On the other hand, will it accelerate the establishment of the Instex trade mechanism?

A : We noted the latest announcements by the Iranian authorities concerning the production capacities of low-enriched uranium by Iran, which is in line with their statements of May 8.

We strongly urge Iran to continue to implement all of its obligations under the JCPoA, as it has done thus far, and to refrain from any measures that would put it in violation of its commitments.

We reject any ultimatums and will assess Iran’s compliance with its nuclear commitments in regard to its implementation of obligations set forth under JCPoA. In this regard, we reaffirm the crucial follow-up and monitoring roles played by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

France is determined to see the JCPoA – central to the international non-proliferation and international security regime – implemented in full.

Along with its European partners, France is continuing its efforts to preserve the economic benefits linked to the lifting of sanctions as provided by the Iranian nuclear agreement, as long as Iran respects all of its nuclear obligations. The work under way for the operational implementation of the Instex mirror company known as the Special Trade and Financing Institute (STFI) is moving forward in a positive way and should soon be completed.