France expresses support for Iran nuclear deal

IRNA – French foreign minister on Saturday voiced support for saving the Iranian nuclear deal reached between Tehran and world powers in 2015.

Paris and other European capitals are committed to create the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) mechanism to safeguard Iran’s economic interests from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Jean-Yves Le Drian said.

He made the remarks during a phone conversation with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Zarif and Le Drian discussed issues of mutual interest, including the bilateral issues and implementation of Iranian nuclear deal.

US President Donald Trump announced early May that Washington would pull out of Iran nuclear deal and reinstate sanctions, which had been lifted under the accord.

The first round of the sanctions snapped back into place in August, with the second round, targeting the energy and oil sectors that took effect on November 5.

This is while other signatories to the deal (i.e. Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia) have thus far criticized Washington’s unilateral move and repeatedly renewed their commitment to the deal.