The foreign ministers of Germany and France, two signatories to a nuclear agreement reached between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries in 2015, have expressed their countries’ firm determination to preserve the multilateral agreement.
According to Press TV, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Monday that Berlin sees no reason to scrap the nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and vowed to do everything possible to uphold it.
“We continue to believe that this agreement makes the world safer and without this agreement the world would be less safe,” Maas said at a joint news conference with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in Berlin.
“We fear a failure [to abide by the deal] would result in an escalation,” the top German diplomat added.
US President Trump, a long-time critic of the JCPOA, has repeatedly threatened to abrogate the nuclear agreement by not extending sanctions waivers when they expire on May 12, if the European signatories to the deal – Britain, France and Germany – do not “fix” what he calls its “terrible flaws.”
EU to stick to JCPOA irrespective of US decision: France
The French foreign minister also said on Monday that France, Britain and Germany would preserve the nuclear deal with Iran irrespective of the United States’ decision later this week because it is the best way to avoid nuclear proliferation.
“We are determined to save this deal because this accord safeguards against nuclear proliferation,” Le Drian told reporters.
In an article in The New York Times on Sunday, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson called on the US president not to scuttle the Iran nuclear deal.
Johnson, who is in Washington to persuade the Trump administration to remain in the international accord, said that “it would be a mistake to walk away.”
A senior advisor to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said on Sunday if Americans opt to quit the nuclear deal, the Islamic Republic is ready to counter their measure in a proportionate manner.
“If Americans decide to withdraw from the JCPOA, the Islamic Republic of Iran will undoubtedly take measures proportionate to conditions that they want to impose and will make them regret [their decision],” Ali Akbar Velayati, the Leader’s senior advisor on international affairs, added.