Paris Urged to Stop Abiding by Illegal Sanctions


Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, in a phone conversation with his French counterpart, urged Paris to meet its obligations under the 2015 nuclear deal by not abiding by illegal US sanctions against Tehran.
“I called on France to honor its commitments under the accord, and to cease abiding by illegal sanctions imposed by the US,” Zarif tweeted on Saturday, commenting on his earlier conversation with Jean-Yves Le Drian.
Zarif also addressed the issue of the upcoming meeting of JCPOA’s Joint Commission, which brings together representatives of all signatories, except for the US, which exited the deal under former US president, Donald Trump.
Vienna, the Austrian capital, will host the meeting next Tuesday. 
The Iranian top diplomat also said in his tweet he “urged France to show a constructive stance on the JCPOA in next week’s meeting in Vienna”.
Some western media outlets have alleged that Iran and the US would be “exchanging ideas” during the meeting “through intermediaries”.
The Islamic Republic has, however, rejected the idea of holding any direct or indirect talks with the US as long as it keeps the sanctions in place.


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