France reiterates commitment to Iran deal

French Foreign Minister says Iran deal remains valid despite Trump's decision not to recertify it.

Elad Benari ,

Jean-Yves Le Drian
Jean-Yves Le Drian

France made clear on Thursday that it remains committed to the Iran nuclear deal, even after U.S. President Donald Trump's decision not to recertify it.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves le Drian made the comments after a meeting in Paris with head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano.

The French minister stressed, according to The Associated Press, that the deal “remains valid despite the decision of the president of the United States not to certify its implementation.”

Trump announced last week that he would not re-certify the deal to Congress and would terminate the Obama-era pact if Congress can’t come up with new legislation satisfying him on the agreement.

“We didn’t have enough time yet to observe the attitude of Iran,” Amano told le Drian Thursday. “Yet I can tell you the Iranians are very careful and we continue our controls and inspections without any problem.”

Le Drian last month expressed concern that Trump could put the nuclear deal between Iran and major world powers into doubt.

“The agreement which was passed two years ago enables Iran to give up on a nuclear weapon and so avoid proliferation. We have to guarantee this stance,” he said at the time.

European countries have expressed their support for the Iran deal even as Trump has criticized it.

Earlier this week, a top advisor to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned European governments against imposing new conditions on the nuclear deal.