France wishes to keep Iran nuclear deal alive, warns Tehran over negative actions 


France’s defense minister said on Wednesday it wanted to keep the Iran 2015 nuclear deal alive and informed that if Iran were to not keep to its commitments then the question of triggering a mechanism that could result in sanctions would be on the table.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani earlier risked restarting high level enrichment of uranium if world powers did not maintain their promises under the agreement.

Speaking to BFM TV, Florence Parly said nothing would be worse than Iran withdrawing from the deal and that France, Britain and Germany were doing all they could to maintain the accord alive.

Meanwhile, China’s foreign ministry said the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement should be fully used and all sides have a duty to make sure it happens. Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang made the remarks at the time of a daily briefing.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed not to permit Iran to acquire nuclear arms after the Islamic republic said it would abandon restricts on its nuclear activities agreed in a 2015 deal.

“This morning on my way here I heard that Iran intends to continue its nuclear programme,” Netanyahu stated at a ceremony on Israel’s annual day of remembrance for its fallen soldiers and civilian victims of militant strikes.

“We shall not allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon,” he said in Hebrew.

However, Russia said it remained by the Iran nuclear deal and denounced US pressure that ended in Tehran to suspend some of its commitments under the contract.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said President Vladimir Putin remained committed to the agreement and that there were zero alternatives “at the moment” to the deal.

“Putin has repeatedly spoken about the consequences of ill-considered steps towards Iran, meaning the decision taken by Washington” to reimpose sanctions, Peskov said.

He said Russia would utilize European countries to keep the “continued viability” of the nuclear deal and that it was too early to discuss the possibility of Russia joining sanctions against Tehran.

“Putin has said that it is ill-conceived and arbitrary decisions that put unreasonable pressure on Iran and cause the adverse steps that we are facing .”

Iran has replied by announcing all US forces in the Middle East to be terrorists. It has also built threats to close the strategic Strait of Hormuz in the Gulf if Tehran were barred from using it. Around thirty percent of the world’s seaborne oil exports go through the strait.

While neither Shanahan nor Bolton elaborated on the gist of US intelligence, other US officials told Reuters there were “multiple, credible threats” against US forces on land, including in Iraq, by Iran and proxy forces, and at sea.


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