The foreign ministers of France, Britain, Germany and the United States have agreed that their common interest is to ensure that Iran never has a nuclear weapon. In a statement issued after Thursday’s meeting, they said they wanted Iran to return to commitments on its nuclear program. In recent days, Iran has announced several key steps to further withdraw from the 2015 international nuclear agreement.
The subject of Thursday’s ministerial meeting was the general security of Iran and the region. European ministers Jean-Yves Le Drian, Germany’s Heiko Maas and Britain’s Dominika Raab, meeting in Paris, joined their American colleague Antony Blinken via videoconference.
Iran announced this week that it will terminate part of the cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which is in charge of inspecting Iran’s nuclear operations, from next Tuesday. Maas said on Thursday that Iran is “playing with fire” and threatens the chance that the US will return to the 2015 agreement, known as JCOPA. Donald Trump’s previous administration resigned in 2018 and renewed anti-Iranian sanctions. In addition to the US and Iran, France, Britain, Germany, Russia and China have signed the JCPOA.
“We have kept this agreement alive in recent years, and now we support the United States in its return to the agreement. The steps Tehran has taken and will take in the coming days are not helping. They are threatening America’s return. The more political pressure there is, the harder it will be. he will find a solution, “said Maas.
Ministers agreed that terminating cooperation with the IAEA was dangerous, and called on Tehran not to take any further steps to restrict inspections.