Oct 30, 2018, 9:20 AM
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Envoy: Paris sticking to Iran Deal

New York, Oct 30, IRNA – French Ambassador to the US Gerard Araud says his country will vigorously follow and preserve the Iran nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Araud, speaking at the France-US Relations meeting held in the Hudson Institute Monday evening, said as far as the JCPOA is concerned, Paris and Washington are fundamentally at odds.

He said that's an essential difference and it is something related to politics and not commercial in nature.

He added that from the French point of view, the US withdrawal from the deal was a grave mistake.

In 2016, the Iran nuclear deal was implemented. The US President Donald Trump on May 8 announced Washington’s unilateral withdrawal from the hard-won 2015 agreement signed between the major world powers and Iran on the country’s nuclear program.

Trump said he will reinstate sanctions on Tehran, the first round of which were imposed in early August and the second round is expected to come into force on November 4.

The US gave a 90-to-180-day wind-down period to other countries before it starts re-imposing sanctions on Tehran on November 4.

The US move has drawn criticism of the world leaders, particularly the Europeans as they have expressed their opposition to the US measure, pledging to make every effort to save the deal.

Europe is to adopt a new financial mechanism to thwart the impacts of the US sanctions.

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