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French defence minister: scrapping nuclear deal would be gift to Iran hardliners
October 20, 2017 / 2:39 PM / a month ago

French defence minister: scrapping nuclear deal would be gift to Iran hardliners

WASHINGTON, Oct 20 (Reuters) - France wants to take action to tackle Iran’s missile programme and “destabilising” behaviour, but believes scrapping the 2015 nuclear deal would help hardliners and be a step towards future war, France’s defence minister said on Friday.

“We need the JCPOA. Scrapping it would be a gift to Iran’s hardiners, and a first step towards future wars,” Florence Parly said in a speech at a Washington think tank, referring to the nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

“But we should also be very serious about the destabilising ballistic and regional activities. We are working on it.” (Reporting by John Irish in Paris; editing by Peter Graff)

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