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German, British and French foreign headlines meet in Paris to discuss the Iranian nuclear agreement

Heiko Maas, ministro de Exteriores alemán

Heiko Maas, German Foreign Minister – Mario Salerno / European Union / dpa

Germany opens the door to use “all mechanisms” of the nuclear agreement if Iran does not respect its commitments

BRUSSELS, 11 Nov. –

German Foreign Ministers, Heiko Maas, United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, and France, Jean-Yves Le Drian, will hold a meeting in Paris this afternoon to “discuss the next steps” after announcements in Iran to inject gas into centrifuges of The Fordow plant and its decision to launch 30 new advanced centrifuges, has advanced the head of German diplomacy.

German, British and French foreign headlines meet in Paris to discuss the Iranian nuclear agreement
German, British and French foreign headlines meet in Paris to discuss the Iranian nuclear agreement

Maas has defended the interest of Europeans in “keeping” the nuclear agreement with Iran sealed in 2015, but has acknowledged that they come with “growing concern” after the latest announcements to continue reversing their commitments to it, and has warned that they are willing to “use all the mechanisms provided for in the agreement”, in reference to the activation of the dispute resolution mechanism, where appropriate, would open the door to the reimposition of sanctions.

“We see with growing concern that uranium enrichment continues and Iran has not only announced it but continues with it,” Maas explained in press statements upon his arrival at the meeting with his EU counterparts in which they will address Iran's last steps to reverse its nuclear commitments.

The head of German diplomacy has made it clear that Europeans want to “keep” the nuclear agreement. “But Iran has to finally return to its commitments and respect them. Or else we will use all the mechanisms that are included in the agreement,” he warned, referring to the dispute resolution mechanism to denounce the breach of terms of the agreement and which could lead to the reimposition of economic sanctions, which were lifted precisely in exchange for cutting its nuclear program.

The block will wait in any case to know the evaluation of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), scheduled a priori for Monday, before anticipating an eventual response on the future of the agreement, which will lead in any case France, United Kingdom and Germany

“We will address the new developments in the application of the nuclear agreement, in particular regarding the IAEA reports,” said the head of European diplomacy, Federica Mogherini, insisting that the discussion of the Twenty-Eight on Monday will focus “mainly” in the security situation in the Gulf.

Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn has acknowledged that “crossing” the nuclear agreement “has consequences” but has refused to advance “immediately” in sanctions and has opted to “seek dialogue with Iran” to try to reverse its steps.

“We need to wait for the IAEA report and remain involved in a dialogue with Iran. Talking about sanctions will not always solve the problem,” he justified, recalling that the agreement was negotiated for 13 months “to prevent Iran from having nuclear weapons.”

Dutch Foreign Minister Stefan Bok has said that Iran's behavior is “very worrying” but has led to discussions with Germany, France and the United Kingdom – the three countries that participated in the direct negotiations of the agreement with Iran – – to see “what should be” the “common European reaction”.

The French Secretary of State for European Affairs, Amélie de Montchalin, has stressed the priority of reducing tension and urged Europeans to contribute “notably in terms of maritime safety” in the area, while defending the importance of continuing mobilized in the fight against terrorism and the Islamic State in the region after the Turkish offensive in northeastern Syria.

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