France’s Defense Minister Florence Parly said during her first visit to the United States that Paris "needs the JCPOA" (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as Iran Nuclear Deal) despite it condemns Tehran's "destabilizing" behavior.
"Scrapping it would be a gift to Iran’s hardliners, and a first step towards future wars," Florence Parly said as quoted by Reuters, addeing that Paris is working "seriously" to tackle Iran's "destabilising ballistic and regional activities."
US President Donald Trump has fallen short of re-certifying the deal at his speech on a new strategy towards Iran. He has also given Congress 60 days to decide if the sanctions that were lifted under the terms of the deal should be re-imposed.
The agreement that came into force in early 2016, stipulated the lifting of anti-Iran economic and diplomatic sanctions by Western countries in exchange for closing Tehran's nuclear program.