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    US Secretary of State John Kerry, left, meets with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, right, in Vienna, Austria, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, on what is expected to be implementation day, the day the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) verifies that Iran has met all conditions under the nuclear deal.

    Scrapping Iran Nuclear Deal Will Be First Step to Future Wars - French Def. Min.

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    US President Donald Trump's refusal to re-certify the Iran Nuclear Deal has triggered speculation that the agreement could soon be abandoned by the US.

    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.

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    Washington's step was met  with a lack of enthusiasm from the parties that signed the JCPOA in 2015, known as the P5+1 group that includes Iran, China, France, Germany, the European Union, Russia and the UK.

    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.


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