UN Nuclear Watchdog: Iran-Accord Failure Would Be 'Great Loss'

UN Nuclear Watchdog: Iran-Accord Failure Would Be 'Great Loss'

"Annihilation of the United States and Europe's nuclear weapons and long-range missiles is the prerequisite for negotiations on Iran's missiles", Jazzayeri said.

Jean-Yves Le Drian aims to save the 2015 nuclear deal, which US President Donald Trump has threatened to quit unless European allies help "fix" it by forcing Iran to change its behaviour in other areas.

For his part, the visiting French minister praised Iran for its full commitment to the JCPOA, saying France is opposed to the United States stances on the nuclear accord and believes they undermine the deal.

The remarks came as French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, who is on an official visit to Tehran, threatened ahead of the visit that Iran needed to address worldwide concerns over its ballistic missile program or it risked new sanctions.

Ahead of his visit, Le Drian said Iran should address "concerns" over its ballistic missile program or risk new sanctions.

Jazayeri said US criticism of Iran's missile program was driven by "their failures and defeats in the region".

Tehran supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against rebels, including groups backed by the West, and backs Israel's enemy Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Rohani, Zarif, and Le Drian will discuss "bilateral, regional, and global issues", including the implementation of a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers under which Tehran has significantly limited its nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief.

Despite their differences, Iran has welcomed French efforts to re-engage economically and politically with the Islamic republic.

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France has been quick to restore trade ties.

France also expects Iran to make a "constructive contribution" to solving crises in the Middle East, a French presidency statement said.

"The potentials of the two countries is to a degree that if they work together closely, they will overcome the challenges and achieve good results", said Ali Larijani, the Speaker of Iranian Parliament.

Le Drian also met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who expressed hope that the 2015 nuclear deal could be preserved.

"On the ballistics, the Iranian program is not compatible with 2231 and we have a particular concern on the transfer of know-how of ballistic capacity to regional actors, and by that we mean Hezbollah", said the diplomatic source.

On February 27, the top French diplomat claimed that Iran's ballistic missile program was very worrying and ran counter to a United Nations resolution.

Weapons programs and Syria aside, Paris and Tehran have growing economic interests and Le Drian is likely to engage Iranian officials in extensive business discussions.

As stated by Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, when commenting on Donald Trump's threat; it would be possible for Iran to produce 20 percent enriched uranium at its Fordo plant, within four days of the nuclear deal collapsing.

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