Worry Looms In France and EU As US President Trump Backs Away From Iran Deal
If French President, Emmanuel Macron follows through on his consideration to reassure Tehran of his commitment to the 2015 nuclear deal by visiting the country, it will be the first time a French head of state has visited Iran in an official capacity for 46 years.
This comes on the heels of US President Donald Trump's threat to walk away from the deal due to his belief that Iran has breached the terms of the nuclear agreement by sponsoring terrorism and acting aggressively through the region and with the US. The nuclear agreement is known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and was a deal implemented by former US President Barack Obama.
Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the EU foreign affairs and security policy, told reporters Friday evening that the European Union could not afford to scrap the 2015 deal made with Iran because it has been "working and delivering." She goes on to say that Iran has been found to have made no violations against any of the commitments of the agreement.
In a news conference on Friday, President Trump said that as far as the United States is concerned, the 2015 agreement with Iran will be under a constant review and that as President of the United States, he can forfeit the participation of the United States at any time. The nuclear deal took 13 years of negotiations between the US, France, Britain, Russia, Germany, and China.
President Macron has voiced concerns that the withdrawal of the US from the agreement could put an end to it but assured the Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani that the European Union along with France will continue to meet the agreement regardless of a US involvement.
France 24 reports that British and German leaders issued statements of concern regarding President Trump's decision and also voiced their continued support for the Iran nuclear deal to officials in Tehran.
According to the rules of the agreement as set forth by Congress, the US President must recertify his country's continued participation in the nuclear agreement deal every 90 days. Although at this time, President Trump is not withdrawing from the deal, he's issuing a non-recertification on the grounds that the agreement is entirely one-sided. President Trump and his advisors are also concerned that UN inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities, which must take place under the agreement, have been extremely weak.
According to the Elysee, President Macron's visit to Iran could happen early next year.
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