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Friday 29 November 2019

Iran’s FM Slams France’s “Unconstructive” JCPOA Claims

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TEHRAN (Press TV) — The Iranian Foreign Ministry has raised serious objection to the French foreign minister’s comments pointing to Paris’s inclination to bring Iran back under the United Nations sanctions.

The head of French diplomacy, Jean-Yves Le Drian, said on Wednesday, during a hearing before the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Assembly, that France was seriously considering invoking the contention mechanism.

The Minister believes that Iran has repeatedly violated the JCPOA clauses: “Every two months, there is an additional notch, so that we are now wondering, I say very clearly, about the implementation of the dispute settlement mechanism.”

Since the American withdrawal of the JCPOA decided in May 2018 by Donald Trump, who at the same time reinstated American sanctions against Iran, France, Great Britain and Germany have been trying to save this pact. However, Iran began last spring to disengage from some of the clauses of the agreement.

A meeting of the Joint Stakeholders’ Commission of the 2015 Agreement is scheduled for 6 December in Vienna. Under the dispute resolution mechanism, one of the parties may submit a point of contention to the joint panel. In the absence of a settlement in committee, the case is referred to the United Nations Security Council, which has 30 days to vote to continue to reduce sanctions. Failing this, the “snapback” applies, i.e. an automatic return to sanctions.

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