Tue Nov 15, 2016 10:27PM
French President Francois Hollande
French President Francois Hollande

French President Francois Hollande says he doubts that US President-elect Donald Trump would scrap Iran’s nuclear agreement made with world powers.

"This accord gives us all security ... could the US with Donald Trump put into question this accord? I don't think so," Hollande said during an interview with France 24 television on Tuesday.

Trump, who became US president-elect after defeating his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in last week’s election, had repeatedly promised during his campaign that he would “tear up” the deal and renegotiate its terms if he was to become president. 

"There is a principle of reality and this deal gives us guarantees. The absence of an accord would be very serious," Hollande noted.

The agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was struck between Iran on the one side, and the US, France, China, Britain, Russia, and Germany on the other in June 2015. 

On Monday, US President Barack Obama said that Trump is unlikely to alter the JCPOA, stating that after it was reached there was an argument that Iran might not comply with the agreement, but so far it has been proven otherwise.

"My suspicion is that when the president-elect comes in and is consulting with his fellow Republicans on the Hill, that they will look at the facts," he said. "To unravel a deal that’s working and preventing Iran from pursuing a nuclear weapon would be hard to explain," he added.

Under the JCPOA, Tehran agreed to roll back certain aspects of its nuclear program — including the volume of its uranium stockpiles enriched to the 20-percent level — and provided international atomic monitors enhanced access to its nuclear facilities. In return, Iran’s partners agreed to terminate all nuclear-related sanctions.