Sep 19, 2018 14:38 Asia/Tehran
  • French official regrets sanctions imposed by US against Iran

Chairman of the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) François Jacq regrets unilateral sanctions imposed by the United States against Islamic republic of Iran.

Iran Press/Irannews: Chairman of the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) François Jacq in a meeting with the head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi on Wednesday in Vienna also described the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) as a ‘successful’ agreement and highlighted the commitment of France to the pact.

The meeting took place on the sideline of the 62nd Annual Regular Session of the IAEA General Conference.

Chairman of the CEA said that plenty of opportunities exist for boosting bilateral cooperation, adding that there is a need to establish a Memorandum of Understanding on areas of mutual interest between Iran and France.

Touching upon the long history of relations between the two countries, Salehi, for his part, called for France’ cooperation in student exchange programs and holding joint training sessions in nuclear physics.

The head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran  went on to say that the science of using quantum technology in communications, computing, biology and sensors are among other areas of interest for future cooperation.

The two sides conferred on the latest status of Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), nuclear cooperation and ways to expand bilateral ties.

The two sides also discussed ways to enhance bilateral cooperation, especially in the academic domain.


Salehi: Global reaction to US withdrawal from JCPOA, raises concerns about US policies

Speaking at the 62nd IAEA General Conference in Vienna on Monday,  the Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi has said: "The reaction of the global community to Washington’s unlawful withdrawal from JCPOA raises serious doubts about validity and wisdom of Washington's policies."

Meanwhile, Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization and his Chinese counterpart, Zhang Kijian, have expressed their country’s desire to cooperate in the construction of small and medium-size nuclear reactors.

This came at the meeting of Salehi with his Chinese counterpart on the sidelines of the 62nd session of the General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna.

Salehi said Iran wanted to use small and medium reactors rather than large reactors against the backdrop of the country’s climatic conditions.

He stressed that the project to modernize the research reactor “Khandab” (Arak) research goes well and that Iran welcomes the influential Chinese cooperation in this regard.

For his part, the head of the Chinese Atomic Energy Agency, “Zhang Kijian,” that cooperation in the field of small and medium reactors and all other fields is a real desire of the Iranian and Chinese sides.

China Ambassador to Tehran said, Beijing supports JCPOA as important multilateral agreement.

Trump announced US withdrawal from the JCPOA on 8  May , and vowed to reinstate US nuclear sanctions on Iran and impose “the highest level” of economic bans on the Islamic Republic.

Tehran has said it would make a decision on its future role in the nuclear agreement in the coming weeks following negotiations with the other signatories of the deal.

EU powers have scrambled to save the JCPOA and protect their businesses in Iran against US sanctions.

َAlso, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) says Tehran is totally prepared to resume its' previous nuclear activities if the 2015 deal with the 5+1 Group of countries is not fully preserved.

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