France & German,Iran agree to stick with nuclear deal

Iran’s supreme leader has warned that the country may leave the nuclear deal if its national interests are not protected.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivered a speech to the people on Wednesday. He denounced US President Donald Trump, saying the US withdrew from the deal even though Iran observes all the terms of the agreement.

He noted that he does not trust European countries, either. He said if there’s no guarantee of Iran’s interests, the deal cannot be continued.

Iran and  six world powers reached the agreement to substantially curb Iran’s nuclear program in return for lifting economic sanctions on the country.

President Trump announced on Tuesday that the US was pulling out of the deal and would resume its economic sanctions on the country.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has shown a desire to talk with related countries about the deal without the US. But hardline conservatives and some others in Iran are calling on the government to discard the agreement.

French President Emmanuel Macron and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani have agreed to stick to the nuclear agreement despite the US decision to withdraw from the accord.

The French and Iranian presidents talked by telephone on Wednesday. US President Donald Trump earlier announced the United States was unilaterally pulling out of the agreement and re-imposing economic sanctions on Tehran.

The French presidential office said that Macron emphasized the willingness of his country to continue enforcing the Iran nuclear agreement.

It also says he underlined the importance of Iran doing the same.

It adds Macron and Rouhani then agreed to pursue joint work with all concerned states with the aim of implementing the nuclear deal.

Macron also underscored the intention to have a broader discussion of Iran’s nuclear program after 2025, when the current deal expires, as well as the country’s ballistic missile program.

The Iranian side says Rouhani made it clear that Iran’s national interests must be guaranteed, noting the importance of Iran continuing to receive benefits agreed upon in the deal, even if the United States reinstates sanctions.

In the wake of Trump’s announcement of withdrawal, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said her country remains committed to the nuclear deal.

She said in Berlin on Wednesday that Germany will abide by the agreement and will do everything it can to see that Iran also abides by its responsibilities in the future.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has denounced Iran’s attacks on Israeli positions in the Golan Heights, during a telephone call with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

A spokesperson for the German government says Merkel on Thursday called on Rouhani to work to deescalate tensions in the Middle East.

Merkel said Germany supports the Iran nuclear deal as long as Tehran continues to fulfill its obligations under the accord. Earlier in the week, President Donald Trump withdrew the US from the 2015 deal.

Merkel reportedly conveyed to Rouhani her hopes to open talks on Iran’s ballistic missile programs and other issues.

Germany, France and Britain are planning a foreign ministerial meeting with Iran to discuss how to respond to the recent developments in the Middle East.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Wednesday told Parliament that Britain has no intention of walking away from the Iran nuclear deal. He says the agreement is indispensable for peace and stability in the Middle East.

He also suggested Britain will cooperate with France and Germany so that the Iranian people continue to have the gains made by the easing of sanctions as long as Iran abides by the terms of the agreement.

The foreign ministers of France, Britain, and Germany are expected to meet on Monday to discuss how to deal with the situation.

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