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Iran: Impossible to Renegotiate Nuclear Deal

Iran: Impossible to Renegotiate Nuclear Deal

Friday, 23 August, 2019 - 16:00
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. EPA file photo
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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif reiterated on Friday that “it is not possible to renegotiate” the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.

According to the ILNA news agency, Zarif said talks he held in Paris with French President Emmanuel Macron about the deal were "productive."

"France had presented some suggestions and we presented some suggestions about how to carry out (the nuclear deal) and the steps that both sides need to take," the minister said.

"The talks were good and productive of course it depends on how the European Union can carry out the commitments within (the nuclear deal) and also the commitments that they made after (the nuclear deal) and America's exit."

It is not possible to renegotiate the nuclear deal, Zarif said, according to ILNA.

A British diplomatic source said Friday that Britain was unlikely to alter its approach on Iran despite Prime Minister Boris Johnson meeting US President Donald Trump.

A French official also said that the so-called "E3" major European powers of France, Britain and Germany needed to stay united on Iran.

"It's important to keep the E3 together on Iran," said the French official, while the British diplomatic source said the UK felt the 2015 agreement signed with Iran remained the best way to ensure Tehran did not get nuclear weapons.

Trump's administration has abandoned that deal and stepped up sanctions on Iran.

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