Iran urges Europe to help protect nuclear deal

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi

They also slammed Le Drian's remarks about negotiating the agreement and called for him to officially apologize.

Yukiya Amano said that if the deal "were to fail it would be a great loss for nuclear verification and multilateralism".

"It would be a point of regret for everyone" if the deal is not honored, Rouhani said, adding that his country is "ready to deal with any situation that is not agreeable to Iran".

The head of the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency said Monday that "Iran is implementing its nuclear related commitments" and that "it is essential that Iran continues to do so".

"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.

Iran has long said publicly that it intends to develop nuclear propulsion for naval vessels, though analysts and diplomats say this remains a distant prospect.

Netanyahu said the rest of the world should consider how Iran will act if it acquires an atomic arsenal, in light of its current destabilizing actions in the region.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said the European Union is capable of playing a constructive role in order to protect the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) aka nuclear deal.

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France's foreign minister visited Iran on Monday on a delicate mission to affirm European support for the nuclear deal that eased the isolation of Iran's oil-based economy, while echoing US concern about Tehran's ballistic missile tests and role in Middle East conflicts such as Syria.

But the key focus has been the 120-day deadline set by Trump in January for USA lawmakers and European allies to "fix" the nuclear deal, removing "sunset clauses" that mean it expires in 2026 and reining in Iran's missile programme and regional activities.

"We have carried out more than 60 complementary accesses and visited more than 190 buildings since JCPOA Implementation Day", he said, referring to a specific type of inspection under the IAEA's Additional Protocol, which Iran is implementing under the deal.

For his part, Le Drian hailed Iran's commitment to the JCPOA, saying that France insists on the full implementation of the deal.

Le Drian first met Monday with Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council.

"Any move to undermine the JCPOA would result in the loss of credibility of other global agreements, " Shamkhani said.

Le Drian said that both countries had new plans for boosting cooperation in monetary and banking interactions.

That continued with Iran's armed forces spokesman, Gen. Masoud Jazayeri, who this weekend said over the weekend that Tehran would only give up its missiles when the West abandons nuclear arms.

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