Mar 02, 2021 20:04 UTC
  • Rouhani to Macron: Failure to seize chances of saving Iran deal to complicate impasse

President Hassan Rouhani has called on the parties to the 2015 nuclear deal not to miss the remaining chances to revive the landmark agreement, warning that any “unconstructive” move at the UN nuclear watchdog’s upcoming board meeting will complicate the stalemate surrounding the accord.

“Any unconstructive move or stance at the [International Atomic Energy Agency’s] Board of Governors can lead to new challenges and complicate the existing situation,” Rouhani said in a phone call with French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday, Press TV reported.

The president said Iran first decided to gradually scale back its JCPOA commitments due to the US withdrawal and the three European parties’ failure to fulfill their obligations as per the deal.

He, however, emphasized that Iran’s remedial measures will be immediately reversed if the opposite sides comply with their obligations.

Although Iran stopped implementing the Additional Protocol to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) as required by a law adopted last December, “Our cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency still continues and we have never exited the JCPOA,” the president stated.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Rouhani described France as an “important player” and said “Tehran-Paris relations can be developed based on a sustainable viewpoint and with long-term goals for common bilateral, regional and international cooperation.”

He stressed the need for collective cooperation among all countries across the globe to battle the coronavirus pandemic and said the US’s “cruel and illegal” sanctions on Iran have impeded the country’s fight against COVID-19 and caused obstacles in the way of Tehran’s access to its own financial resources in order to purchase medicine and medical equipment.

“The European Union, particularly France, is expected not to remain silent vis-à-vis this inhumane move,” the president added.

JCPOA preservation a must for international community: Macron

The French president, for his part, said preservation of the JCPOA is a necessity for the international community and called for the continuation of negotiations about all sides’ full return to compliance with the deal.

Macron added that Europe is ready to play a more active role within the next weeks to maintain the JCPOA.