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Zarif Comments on Nuke Deal: ’Either All or Nothing’

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Iran said the European signatories to the multilateral nuclear agreement reached between Tehran and the P+1 group of countries should convince US President Donald Trump not to pull out of the deal, because there is no "Plan B" for it.

Mohammad Javad Zarif

"It's either all or nothing. European leaders should encourage President Trump not just to stay in the nuclear deal, but more importantly to begin implementing his part of the bargain in good faith," Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in a tweet on his official Twitter account on Monday.

Trump is a stern critic of the nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action [JCPOA], reached between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council -- the United States, France, Britain, China, Russia - plus Germany in 2015.

Under the agreement, nuclear-related sanctions put in place against Iran were lifted in exchange for curbs on Tehran's nuclear program.

Trump has repeatedly described the JCPOA, which was negotiated under his predecessor, Barack Obama, as "the worst and most one-sided transaction Washington has ever entered into" and threatened to tear it up.

In January, he decided to stick with the JCPOA, but gave the European signatories a May 12 deadline to "fix the terrible flaws" of the accord or he would withdraw Washington from the deal.

For their part, other P5+1 parties to the agreement have all criticized Trump's hostile views, saying the deal is sound and has proven to be functioning. Iran also says it will not accept any change to the agreement.

Elsewhere in his tweet, Zarif said, " [French] Presiden
t [Emmanuel] Macron is correct in saying there's no 'Plan B' on JCPOA."

In an interview with Fox News, the American basic cable and satellite television news channel, on Sunday, Macron said he has no "plan B" for the landmark nuclear agreement.

He urged the US to stay in the agreement as long as there is no better option and said, "I don't have any plan B. Let's present this framework because it's better than the sort of North Korean-type situation."

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

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