UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – At a joint press conference with his German counterpart, Heiko Maas, in Berlin, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian reported on a joint Franco-German-British statement on the Global Plan of Action. Joint Action (PGAC, Iran Nuclear Agreement).
“This agreement, for us, is respected, so we intend to stay there, whatever the US decision,” said Jean-Yves Le Drian, quoted by Reuters.
In front of the journalists in Berlin on Monday, May 7, the two men pleaded for the nuclear deal, adding that the three European countries would remain in accession even in case of American withdrawal. Drain, however, claimed that the nuclear deal was the right way to “prevent Iran from gaining access to nuclear weapons.”
Similarly, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said his country would continue to adhere to the nuclear deal, regardless of the US decision. Maas said the agreement “makes the world safer and without it the world will be less safe”.
“And we fear that failure will lead to escalation” in the Middle East, added the German minister.
The US president will announce on May 12 its decision on the renewal or not, the suspension of anti-Iran sanctions for another period of 120 days.
French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel had recently traveled to the United States to try to convince US President Donald Trump to remain in the PGAC. After them, it was the British Foreign Minister, Boris Johnson, who flew to the United States, still to discuss the nuclear deal with Washington officials.
On the Iranian side, Tehran reserves all options in case of a US withdrawal from the agreement.