Iran will cease applying "some" of its commitments under the Iran nuclear deal in 2015. A decision taken in response to the unilateral denunciation of this pact a year ago by the United States and the reintroduction of US sanctions.
France expressed its "concern" on Wednesday after Tehran's decision to free itself from commitments made under the 2015 nuclear agreement and urged to avoid any action likely to lead to "escalation".
"France notes with concern these statements," responded a deputy spokesman of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement. "She strongly urges Iran to continue to respect all of its nuclear obligations."
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"It is important to avoid any action that would prevent the implementation of their obligations by the parties today involved in the agreement or that would fuel an escalation," he added without further details.
"France determined to work" for "the preservation and maintenance of financial circuits"
Tehran also issued an ultimatum to the Europeans, giving them two months to find a solution that would effectively get the Iranian oil and banking sectors out of their isolation caused by US economic sanctions, failing which the Islamic Republic would give up other commitments.
"France remains determined to work for the preservation and maintenance of the financial circuits and exports of Iran, together with interested third countries," said the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Europeans inaugurated a barter mechanism in January to allow Iran to continue trading with Europe in certain areas by circumventing US sanctions. But this device has not yet resulted in any transaction.