Putin, Macron reaffirm commitment to implementation of Iran nuclear deal

Lester Mason
May 15, 2018

They also focused their attention on the situation surrounding Washington's unilateral withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) for Iran's nuclear program.

President Vladimir Putin held a meeting in Sochi with IAEA Director Yukiya Amano, after which presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the talks took place in a positive atmosphere and that Russian Federation conveyed to the IAEA its position on the developments on the Iranian nuclear file and other files related to maintaining the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

The current tensions around the Iranian nuclear deal followed Tuesday's announcement of the US President Donald Trump that the United States would pull out of the deal.

The agreement - which was negotiated by the Obama administration and included Russia, China, Germany, France and Britain - had lifted most USA and worldwide economic sanctions against Iran.

Iranian officials have announced they are prepared to resume "industrial-scale" uranium enrichment "without any restrictions" unless European leaders can provide solid guarantees that it can maintain trade ties despite renewed USA sanctions.

The two leaders discussed preparations for Macron's visit to Russian Federation, set to take place on May 24-25, as the French president is expected to attend the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF).

Tehran expressed his opposition to Trump's move, as well as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her French counterpart Emmanuel Macron.

On Sunday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington still wants to work with Europe to counter Iran's "malign behavior".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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