France Says Iran’s Missile Attack in Iraq Could ‘Jeopardize’ Nuclear Talks

France strongly condemned Iran’s “irresponsible and dangerous” missile attacks in northern Iraq that could potentially jeopardize the prospect of returning to the nuclear talks in Vienna.

The French Foreign Ministry in a statement said Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) attack has “threatened the stability of Iraq and the region.”

Earlier IRGC said it has fired missiles against Israeli strategic center and US consulate in Iraq, and warned that any repetition of attacks by Israel will be met with a “decisive and destructive” response.

The French ministry said that “such actions jeopardize efforts to bring about a return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).”

While stressed that Tehran must cease its “irresponsible and dangerous behavior”, the ministry called on the absolute urgency of conducting the negotiation on Iran’s nuclear talk which is paused at the moment.

EU foreign policy Chief Josep Borrell on Friday said that Vienna talks for the revival of the Iran nuclear deal need to be suspended due to “external factors”.

“As coordinator, I will, with my team, continue to be in touch with all JCPO participants and the US to overcome the current situation and to close the agreement,” Borrell said.

Under EU chairmanship, representatives from Iran, China, Russia, France, the UK, and Germany have been negotiating since December in the Austrian capital on ensuring full compliance and the US’ return to the 2015 deal.

Under the agreement, Tehran was obligated to reduce its nuclear activity in return for removal of economic sanctions of the world powers on Iran.

However, US former President Donald Trump suddenly abandoned the deal in 2018 and reimposed sanctions on Iran, prompting Tehran to accelerate its nuclear activity.

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