[size=30]France threatens Iran to return sanctions after violation of nuclear deal[/size]
Wednesday, November 30, 2019
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Laudrian (Reuters)
Paris: Middle East Online
Le Drian told Reuters in a parliamentary session that the way the leader and the president had handled the protests in Iran had not helped persuade the United States to ease its "maximum pressure" campaign against Iran.
The agreement includes a dispute settlement mechanism, divided between several stages, and a path that could take months, leading to a vote by the UN Security Council on the possibility of Iran to continue to benefit from the lifting of the sanctions approved at the signing of the agreement, according to Agence France-Presse.
He said he was pessimistic about the various efforts led by France to save the agreement, and said that "the efforts to stop the escalation that we have led, and led by President Emmanuel Macron several times, did not lead to a result for many reasons."
He continued: «There is an additional violation of Iran every two months as we are now wondering, and I say so frankly, about the return to the dispute settlement mechanism provided for in the agreement».
He added that the efforts "are currently in retreat somewhat. There are two French nationals in prison in Iran. Moreover, we have noticed from the Iranian authorities the implementation of regional attacks, some of them on Saudi Arabia."
Paris is demanding the release of French researchers, anthropologist Fariba Adakha and her colleague Roland Marshall, an African specialist, who were arrested in June.
In the context of Iran's response to the U.S. withdrawal from the deal in 2018 and the imposition of severe sanctions stifling the Iranian economy, Tehran has taken a series of measures that reduce the volume of its obligations contained in the agreement.