Published: Mon, March 05, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Iran calls on US, Europe to scrap nuclear weapons

Iran calls on US, Europe to scrap nuclear weapons

Iran and Sextet, made up of Russia, France, China, US, UK, and Germany, reached a historic accord on July 14, 2015 over Tehran's nuclear program.

The Trump administration has panned the nuclear deal - signed by the USA, the U.K., France, Germany, Russia, China, and Iran - for not addressing what it says are Tehran's "destabilizing" activities in the Middle East, including missile testing and support for terrorist groups.

Le Drian plans to pay a visit to Iran on Monday to hold talks with senior Iranian authorities.

European and Iranian officials already met last month at the Munich Security Conference, where they addressed Iran's role in the conflict in Yemen. A third European confirmed the Munich meeting.

However, Tehran says the nuclear deal hasn't fully benefited Iran due to the USA approach to the nuclear pact.

Iran backs Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in his country's nearly seven-year-old civil war, Shi'ite Muslim militias in Iraq, Houthi rebels in Yemen and Lebanon's Hezbollah. "The West should gain our trust again. the nuclear deal was not fully implemented, how can we trust them on other issues?"

The talks also come amid heightening tensions between Israel and Iran over its involvement in Syria.

A senior Iranian military official said Saturday that Iran will not negotiate its missile program unless Europe and the United States destroy their nuclear weapons and missiles.

"In public, they [Iranians] say of course they do not want to accept this", said a senior European Union official. "But we believe there are grounds for progress", said a senior European Union official.

The visit is taking place as concerns over the fate of Iran nuclear deal are growing. "Otherwise, because of Trump it will lead to the collapse of the accord", said a senior French diplomat.

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