- Iran is Delghted by Europe’s Support for Nuclear Deal, Rouhani Tells Macron
by Jason Lemon, http://www.newsweek.com/
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron by phone on Tuesday, expressing his pleasure at Europe’s continued support of the nuclear agreement despite U.S. withdrawal.
“Rouhani expressed delight with the stance adopted so far by European countries including France to preserve the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action],” the Iranian state news agency IRNA reported.
At the same time, the Iranian leader told Macron that statements European support “should be combined with actions and tangible measures.” Rouhani said he hopes the efforts to preserve the treaty by France, the United Kingdom, Germany, China and Russia—all signatories of the agreement—will be successful.
Macron responded to Rouhani by saying that he “hoped that Iran, for its part, will fulfill its obligations without any ambiguity,” Reuters reported. The French president also updated his Iranian counterpart on “the progress in the work being done” from Europe’s side.
President Donald Trump backed out of the 2015 agreement, considered a landmark foreign policy achievement of his predecessor, Barack Obama, on May 8. Long an opponent of the Iran nuclear accord, Trump had criticized the pact as “the worst deal ever.”