Attack on northern Iraq could ‘compromise’ on nuclear talks

AA / Paris / Shweta Desai

France on Sunday warned Iran that its “irresponsible and dangerous” missile attack on the northern Iraqi city of Erbil could jeopardize the prospects for a return to nuclear talks.

The French foreign ministry said in a statement that the attack, claimed by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), “threatens the stability of Iraq and the region.”

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) previously claimed responsibility for the attack, which was launched on Saturday in the Kurdish administration area in northern Iraq, saying Israeli facilities in the area had been targeted by forces. Missile.

“Such actions jeopardize efforts to promote a return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA),” the statement from France’s foreign ministry said.

French diplomacy recalled the “extreme urgency” to bring talks related to the nuclear deal to a successful conclusion and insisted that Tehran should end its “irresponsible and dangerous behaviour”.

Delegates from Iran, China, Russia, France, the United Kingdom and Germany, headed by the European Union, have been holding talks in the Austrian capital since December to ensure full compliance with the agreement and a possible withdrawal of the United States. JCPOA.

The Iran nuclear deal – officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – was signed in 2015 by Iran, the United States, China, Russia, France, the United Kingdom, Germany and the European Union.

As part of the deal, Tehran pledged to limit its nuclear activity to civilian purposes and, in return, world powers agreed to drop their economic sanctions against Iran.

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The United States, led by former President Donald Trump, unilaterally withdrew from the accord in 2018 and imposed sanctions on Iran, leaving Tehran no longer abiding by the provisions of the agreement. ,

**Translated from English by Morad Belhaji

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