The French president’s office says France, Britain and Germany “regret” U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to leave the Iranian nuclear accord, calling it a threat to global efforts to contain nuclear weapons.
French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted that the “nuclear non-proliferation regime is at stake” because of Trump’s announcement Tuesday.
Macron’s office says the French president spoke Tuesday evening with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Theresa May about the Iran accord and next steps after Trump’s decision.
The three European countries negotiated the 2015 deal with the U.S., Russia, China and Iran.
The European powers strongly support the accord as the best way to contain Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Trump says it’s not tough enough on Iran.
The European Union foreign policy chief says the Iran nuclear agreement is a pillar of international security and she is calling on its signatories to continue to respect it.
“The nuclear deal with Iran is crucial for the security of the region, of Europe and of the entire world,” Federica Mogherini said.
Mogherini helped supervise the implementation of the 2015 accord. She says she is particularly worried by the announcement of new sanctions.
She says she will consult with Europe’s partners about those sanctions suggested by Trump “to assess their implications.”
Addressing Iran, Mogherini said: “Do not let anyone dismantle this agreement.”
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says he is “deeply disappointed” at the U.S. decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal and calls on the five other signatories “to abide fully” by their commitments.
The U.N. chief on Tuesday also called on all other U.N. member states to support the 2015 agreement.
Guterres reiterated that the deal “represents a major achievement in nuclear non-proliferation and diplomacy and has contributed to regional and international peace and security.”
He said it’s essential that “all concerns” about implementing the agreement be addressed through the mechanisms in the deal.
Russia’s deputy ambassador to the United Nations also says he’s disappointed at the announcement that the U.S. is pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal.
Dmitry Polyansky was asked whether the U.S. decision might heighten tensions in the Middle East. He responded with one word to reporters at U.N. headquarters in New York on Tuesday: “Sure.”
Russia is one of the six signatories to the Iran nuclear deal, which has been endorsed by the U.N. Security Council.
Asked whether the council would meet to consider the U.S. announcement, Polyansky said: “All options are on the table.”