The nuclear deal places Iran under tough restraints, including inspections, round-the-clock surveillance and tracking every ounce of uranium produced, Kerry said.
If Iran violated the accord, United Nations (UN) sanctions would snap back into place, Kerry told the audience. The US Congress may press for the implementation of additional protocol agreed by the Iranian negotiating team in the Geneva talks, which allows the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to inspect all of Iran's military and civilian installations without prior authorization.
"Europe must stand against practical measures (taken) by America", he said. For now, European political support appears sufficient for Iran to stay in the deal; even regime hardliners are loath to assume responsibility for breaking an global agreement.
"Moreover, at that point in time folks, we have a year of break-up".
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President Trump refused to recertify Iran's compliance with the JCPOA on October 13, saying, "since the signing of the nuclear agreement, the regime's risky aggression has only escalated". Major banks are still afraid to deal with Iran and the doubt now hanging over the deal will further raise the risk for financial institutions, as well as foreign companies.
His comments come after Trump announced earlier this month that his administration would not recertify Iran's compliance in the Iran nuclear deal, though he didn't withdraw from the pact. This became evident in the joint British-German declaration that underlines that "they agreed on the need to continue the global community's response to Iran's destabilizing activities in the region, and discuss ways to address concerns about Iran's ballistic missile program". He is also determined to confront Iran's meddling in neighbouring states.
European Union leaders, who are in Brussels, for a two-day summit, are expected to issue on Friday a statement on Iran in the meeting's formal conclusions.
"It has to be shown that agreements will be kept to in the long term", Hollande said.