8th February, 2018
Britain said on Thursday it was working with its partners to tackle U.S. concerns over a landmark 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and major powers, but said Tehran must avoid actions that threaten regional security.
“We and our European partners are absolutely clear. We want the deal to succeed,” Britain’s Minister for the Middle East, Alistair Burt, told a Euromoney Iran conference in Paris.
“We don’t want to see the JCPOA (deal with Iran) go down and are working with our European partners to mitigate concerns the U.S. may have to ensure it continues.”
Iran said on Thursday there was no link between its influence in the Middle East region and its 2015 nuclear deal with major powers that had now come under fire from the Trump administration.
Speaking on the sidelines of an economy conference in Paris, Deputy Foreign Minister, Abbas Araqchi, also accused Iran’s foes Israel, the U.S. and Saudi Arabia of fomenting tension in the Middle East.
“We have always fought against terrorism. Iran has always played a key role in bringing stability and peace to the region
There is no link between the (nuclear) deal and our role in the region,” Araqchi said.
The U.S. and Europe want Iran to curb its influence in the Middle East region.