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Iran must show ‘political maturity’, says French Foreign Minister over US nuclear deal pullout

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 12 May 2019, 08:28 AM
“Iran has had a bad reaction, faced with a bad US decision to withdraw from the Vienna agreements and impose sanctions,” Le Drian said
“Iran has had a bad reaction, faced with a bad US decision to withdraw from the Vienna agreements and impose sanctions,” Le Drian said

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has asked Tehran to show “political maturity” after the country threated to resume nuclear work—in what would be a contravention of its commitments under the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Iran announced earlier this month that it will stop respecting some limits on its nuclear activities imposed under the landmark 2015 deal.

“Iran has had a bad reaction, faced with a bad US decision to withdraw from the Vienna agreements and impose sanctions,” Le Drian said in an interview published online by Le Parisien, referring to the 2015 deal signed in Vienna.

“It is a pity that the United States is not honouring its commitments, Iran must show its political maturity,” Le Drian added.

Earlier, US President Donald Trump had said that he is open to talks with the Iranian leadership. Speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump had said, "What I would like to see with Iran, I would like to see them call me. We don't want them to have nuclear weapons -- not much to ask," he said.

The US withdrew from the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), with further measures threatened if the agreement’s other signatories fail to mitigate the impact of renewed American sanctions within 60 days.

Le Drian also warned against a “bellicose spiral”, stressing the “responsibility” of the Americans and the importance of dialogue with Tehran. 

First Published: Sunday, May 12, 2019 08:28 AM
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