Macron: “We need to do everything to preserve JCPOA”

# 15:58
9 May 2019

French President Emmanuel Macron has underscored France's commitment to the Iranian nuclear deal, saying that Paris advocates preserving the JCPOA, ONA reports citing Sputnik.

On Wednesday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani informed the remaining parties to the nuclear deal about the Islamic Republic's decision to partially discontinue obligations under the accord. He gave Europe 60 days to ensure Iran's interests under the agreement. Otherwise, he said, Tehran is ready to take further steps on scrapping the deal.

"From the very beginning, France strongly supports the agreement we signed. This agreement is not enough, we would like to supplement it, taking into account Iran's missile program and its activities in the region. France's desire is to preserve this basis of the JCPOA, this 2015 agreement. Iran must remain in the agreement, and we must do everything so that it remains in it," Macron stated.

Macron added that the issue of the nuclear treaty will be raised on Thursday at the EU summit.

"We will undoubtedly have the opportunity to discuss it now," Macron told reporters.

The President also reiterated France's willingness to supplement the deal, taking into account Iran's missile program.

Macron urged all the concerned parties to avoid escalation in the Iran nuclear crisis.

Earlier in the day, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, as well as the foreign ministers of France, Germany and the United Kingdom, issued a joint statement voicing deep concern over Tehran's decision to partially discontinue obligations under the 2015 nuclear deal, reaffirming their full commitment to the accord.

"We note with great concern the statement made by Iran concerning its commitments under the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action). We remain fully committed to the preservation and full implementation of the JCPOA, a key achievement of the global nuclear non-proliferation architecture, which is in the security interest of all," the statement read.