Rouhani warns Iran will quit JCPOA if can’t ben­e­fit from it

Macron: France re­mains com­mit­ted to nu­clear deal

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“If Iran can­not ben­e­fit from the deal, then it’s prac­ti­cally impossible to stay in the ac­cord,” Rouhani said in a phone call with French Pres­i­dent Emmanuel Macron.

Rouhani said he was sat­is­fied with Europe’s stance, es­pe­cially French ef­forts to sal­vage the 2015 deal, but that “such state­ments should be com­bined with ac­tions and tan­gi­ble mea­sures.”

“We should not al­low this great diplo­matic achieve­ment to be de­stroyed by oth­ers’ uni­lat­eral mea­sures and acts of vi­o­la­tion,” he said.

Rouhani ex­pressed hope that ef­forts by the five re­main­ing sig­na­to­ries to the Joint Com­pre­hen­sive Plan of Ac­tion (JCPOA) and Iran as well as the Euro­pean Union would be suc­cess­ful and fruit­ful.

The pact be­tween Iran and world pow­ers lifted in­ter­na­tional sanc­tions on Tehran. In re­turn, Iran scaled back its nu­clear ac­tiv­i­ties.

Since Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump with­drew the United States in May, call­ing the ac­cord flawed, Euro­pean sig­na­to­ries – France, Bri­tain and Ger­many – have been scram­bling to en­sure Iran re­tains enough eco­nomic ben­e­fits to per­suade it not to pull out.

Trump has said he would re­in­state US nu­clear sanc­tions on Iran and im­pose “the high­est level” of eco­nomic bans on the Is­lamic Repub­lic.

France to stick to Iran deal

Macron’s of­fice said he had told Rouhani in the same tele­phone con­ver­sa­tion that France re­mained com­mit­ted to the nu­clear deal but Tehran needed to fully com­ply with its com­mit­ments.

“The pres­i­dent of the repub­lic re­called the will of France, Bri­tain, Ger­many, Rus­sia and China, to con­tinue to implement the Vi­enna agree­ment in all its di­men­sions,” Macron’s of­fice said.

“The pres­i­dent in­formed Pres­i­dent Rouhani of the progress in the work be­ing done on our side. He hoped that Iran, for its part, will ful­fill its obli­ga­tions with­out any am­bi­gu­ity.”

Macron said Tehran and Paris have a com­mon stance on the JCPOA and urged all the deal’s sig­na­to­ries to try to save it and not al­low those who seek to de­stroy the deal to make the slight­est mis­take.

French Fi­nance Min­is­ter Bruno Le Maire said in May that Paris is weigh­ing pos­si­ble ways that could help the Euro­pean Union com­pen­sate Euro­pean com­pa­nies that might be fac­ing sanc­tions by the United States for do­ing busi­ness with Iran fol­low­ing Wash­ing­ton’s with­drawal from the key nu­clear agree­ment.

Le Maire said that EU rules go­ing back to 1996 could al­low the 28-na­tion union to protect Euro­pean com­pa­nies against any US sanc­tions and added that the EU should toughen its stance in this re­gard.

Macron’s of­fice con­firmed that a pre­vi­ously agreed min­is­te­rial meet­ing be­tween all the re­main­ing sig­na­to­ries of the deal, the Euro­pean pow­ers, China and Rus­sia, would be held in the com­ing weeks in Vi­enna.

French diplo­matic sources said the meet­ing was likely to take place dur­ing the week of June 25.

No guar­an­tees yet

Mean­while, For­eign Min­is­ter Mo­ham­mad Javad Zarif said that Iran has not re­ceived any ac­tion plan from Europe to guar­an­tee Tehran’s eco­nomic in­ter­ests.

“We still have not re­ceived the re­quired op­er­a­tional pack­age, but the EU, China and Rus­sia are work­ing on it,” he said while he ar­rived in South Africa for a diplo­matic trip.

He noted that the re­main­ing sig­na­to­ries to the deal have an­nounced their commitment to en­sur­ing that Iran would ben­e­fit from stay­ing in the ac­cord.

No bet­ter al­ter­na­tive

The Euro­pean Union’s for­eign pol­icy chief, Fed­er­ica Mogherini, told a Euro­pean Par­lia­ment ple­nary ses­sion in Stras­bourg on Tues­day that the US de­par­ture from the JCPOA has had a neg­a­tive ef­fect on the credibility of in­ter­na­tional agree­ments.

Mogherini un­der­scored the EU’S sup­port for the JCPOA, stress­ing that the there was no “al­ter­na­tive” to it, re­gard­less of the US with­drawal.

She added that find­ing so­lu­tions for bank­ing and fi­nan­cial is­sues is a key chal­lenge for the EU mem­ber states.

“The most im­por­tant chal­lenge now is to find so­lu­tions for bank­ing and fi­nance be­cause le­git­i­mate trade and in­vest­ment needs bank­ing part­ners and fi­nan­cial mod­els that work,” she added.

“Th­ese is­sues are be­ing ad­dressed through in­ten­sive ex­pert con­sul­ta­tions hap­pen­ing ba­si­cally on a daily ba­sis, in­clud­ing in Brus­sels and in Tehran last week, but also on the po­lit­i­cal level,” she added.

AFP

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