"I must say that the de-escalation efforts that we tried to take, which the President of the Republic made several times, did not lead to anything for a number of reasons. This is because the Iranian authorities violated the JCPOA rules," Le Drian said, responding to questions from the French National Assembly members.
"Every two months there is an additional notch (from the Iranian side). ... Today we are asking a question -- I am saying this clearly -- about the use of the mechanism for resolving disagreements, which is provided for in this agreement," he added.
According to the minister, such a question arises given the sequence of actions by the Iranian authorities to non-compliance with the JCPoA. "But we still support de-escalation," Le Drian stressed.
In May last year, Washington withdrew from the nuclear deal, signed in 2015 by Iran, China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Union. It has since then been imposing sanctions on the Middle Eastern country, aimed at bringing its oil exports to zero.