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UK and France 'determined' to save Iran deal

AFP  |  London 

and Britain today said they were "determined" to save the Iranian nuclear deal, despite the pulling out last week.

Speaking during a visit to London, French Foreign also condemned as "intolerable" comments by Chechen leader after a knife-attack in on Saturday.

Kadyrov had said that bore "full responsibility" for the attack, which said was carried out by Chechnya-born French national Khamzan Azimov. "We do not need lessons from a dictator who does not respect the... rule of in his own country, and who also knows very well that there are thousands of Chechens fighting on the side of" Islamic State, Le Drian told AFP.

The attacker went on a stabbing spree in a busy district of central on Saturday evening before police shot him dead, killing one person and seriously wounding four more. Following talks with British counterpart Boris Johnson, Le Drian also spoke about the 2015 nuclear agreement between and the 5+1 group (China, the US, France, Britain, and Germany).

The agreement lifted international sanctions in exchange for promising to limit its sensitive nuclear activities and allow in international inspectors. "Our position is one of determination and unity, of will to keep this agreement alive," Le Drian said.

"The US leaving an international agreement does not mean that the international agreement is null and void," said the French politician, on the eve of a meeting between the Iranian, French, British and German foreign ministers.

"We remain in the agreement and we want to keep it alive, as long as respects it", he added, describing the agreement as "win-win". "Our position is... united with the German position," continued the British counterpart Johnson said the "UK and are determined to conserve the essence of the nuclear deal.

"Tomorrow in Brussels, we are going to have a conversation about what we can do to help UK firms and help European firms have confidence that they can still do business. "I'm not going to pretend to you now that it will be easy but we are determined to do that," he added, saying it was "vital that we continue to engage with the US".

Iranian Foreign on Monday in said he wanted "assurances" from the deal's signatories that they would continue to abide by its terms, especially on sanctions relief for

He was in on Monday following talks in over the weekend.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 23:15 IST
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