Iran accord failure would be 'great loss,' IAEA chief says

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The country's defense power will increase without any pause and foreigners should not interfere in the issue, Brigadier General Jazayeri said on Monday.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian will arrive in Tehran Sunday night to hold talks with senior Iranian officials, Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi has said.

"The Europe should completely fulfill its commitments under the deal and at the same time put pressure on the USA to remain committed to it".

During his two-day visit, Le Drian will meet and exchange views with Iran's President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on bilateral, regional and worldwide issues, Qassemi said.

Le Drian has insisted he is not "an emissary of Trump", but he has taken a firm line on Iran's missile programme and regional interventions that mirrors the rhetoric from Washington.

The future of the deal was thrown into doubt after US President Donald Trump said past year that he would quit the agreement unless the flaws in it were "fixed".

"The JCPOA represents a significant gain for verification", Amano said, according to a text of his speech published by his agency. "Do we tell France how it should defend itself?" he told the semi-official ISNA news agency.

Le Drian also met Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Shamkhani also said the European signatories of a nuclear deal - reached between Tehran and major powers in 2015- were wrong to "make concessions" to US President Donald Trump, who has criticized the accord.

Zarif on March 5 slammed the European Union for "extremism" in its relationship to Tehran in an interview published ahead of his meeting with Le Drian.

Zarif emphasized that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which is tasked with monitoring Iran's compliance with its nuclear-related commitments under the JCPOA, has verified the Islamic Republic's compliance with the deal in 10 reports. While Iran has accepted curbs on its nuclear work - which it says is for purely peaceful purposes - it has repeatedly refused to discuss its missile programme, something the United States and European countries have called for.

France is one of the biggest arms exporters to Saudi Arabia, which has been leading a military coalition backing the internationally recognized Yemeni government against the Iran-led Shi'ite Huthi rebels and their allies since 2015.

As stated by Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, when commenting on Donald Trump's threat; it would be possible for Iran to produce 20 percent enriched uranium at its Fordo plant, within four days of the nuclear deal collapsing.

Weapons programs and Syria aside, Paris and Tehran have growing economic interests, and Le Drian is likely to engage Iranian officials in business discussions.

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