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Iran’s Rouhani Tells Macron No Renegotiating Nuclear Deal

Hassan Rouhani, Iran's president, gestures as he speaks during a news conference in Tehran, Iran, on Monday, Oct. 14, 2019. Rouhani said the attack on the Iranian oil tanker in the Red Sea was the work of a government not a terrorist group. Photographer: Ali Mohammadi/Bloomberg
By Bloomberg
02 Mar 2021 0

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told his French counterpart in a Tuesday phone call that the 2015 nuclear deal wasn’t up for renegotiation and the only way to restore the accord was for the U.S. to formally rejoin it.

By Golnar Motevalli

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(Bloomberg) — 

According to a statement on Rouhani’s official website, President Emmanuel Macron said Europe was ready to “be more active in the coming weeks in order to revive” the deal, and that both the U.S. and Iran had to “take the first steps” for all parties to return to full compliance with the agreement.

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Iran and the U.S. remain locked in a stalemate over which side should move first to re-establish the multiparty deal after former President Donald Trump violated its terms and abandoned it almost three years ago.

Tehran in response has gradually ramped up its nuclear activity by increasing uranium enrichment and limiting the scope of United Nations inspections of its nuclear sites.

While President Joe Biden pledged to rejoin the agreement during his campaign, his administration has so far decided against a swift re-entry into the landmark deal and is maintaining Trump’s sanctions on Iran.

Macron urged Rouhani to bring Iran back into compliance with its obligations under the nuclear accord, his office said in a statement. He called on the Iranian to give “clear signals” of goodwill without waiting for further concessions in order to revive dialogue.

(Updates with French statement in last paragraph)

–With assistance from Francois de Beaupuy.

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