France’s foreign minister has indicated that Paris is critically contemplating triggering a mechanism over the Iran nuclear deal which could result in UN sanctions, given Tehran’s repeated violation of elements of their 2015 accord with all world forces.
The remarks came on Wednesday in a time of increased friction between Iran and the West, together with Tehran breaching the deal’s limitations step-by-step in reaction to Washington’s withdrawal in the bargain and revived sanctions.
“Every 2 months, there’s another dent (at the bargain from Iran) to the point where now we inquire, and I am saying this quite clearly, regarding the execution of this dispute resolution mechanism which exists in the bargain,” Jean-Yves Le Drian told a parliamentary hearing.
Britain, France, and Germany have sought to overthrow the pact, under which Iran undertook to curtail its uranium enrichment program in exchange for relief from sanctions threatening its market because the United States withdrew annually.
However, the three European powers have failed to create good on the commerce and investment dividends guaranteed to Iran under the bargain because they’ve been not able to protect Tehran from renewed US sanctions that have resisted its oil trade.
Until today the European forces have chosen to return on tripping the mechanics, fearing it might further impede diplomatic attempts, especially by France, to defuse tensions.
The rest of the parties to the bargain match in Vienna on December 6 to discuss how to proceed.
When the Security Council doesn’t vote within 30 days to keep sanctions relief, sanctions set up under previous UN resolutions are reimposed – called a”snapback”.
“We’ve attempted several initiatives which are going backward (since ) we’ve got French (taxpayers ) imprisoned (in Iran), we have established that regional strikes, especially on Saudi Arabia, by the Iranian government are completed,” he explained.
The size of current protests in Iran and the government’s response also hampered attempts to convince the United States to de-escalate that the standoff, Le Drian explained.
“It appears to establish them (that the U.S.) directly in their sense of maximum stress, given that the behavior of the Supreme Leader and President (Hassan) Rouhani towards the protesters.