Held telephonic conversation with Iran, France and Israel
Working to counter-balance against the stance taken by US President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron have expressed the need to preserve and fully implement the Iran nuclear deal.
According to a statement issued by Kremlin, the two leaders held a phone conversation on Monday as a May 12 deadline looms for US President Donald Trump to decide on whether to scrap the nuclear deal.
“The presidents of Russia and France spoke in favor of keeping the Plan and its strict observance,” the Kremlin said.
The phone was initiated by the French administration when Macron called Putin to inform him of his talks with Trump in the United States. Macron’s office has also stated that the French president and Putin “expressed their common will to preserve the gains from the agreement.”
Meanwhile, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, in a phone call told his French counterpart that Tehran would not accept any limitation on its nuclear program beyond commitments undertaken in the deal known as JCPOA.
Rouhani said that deal is not open for negotiation stressing, “the fate of the JCPOA after 2025 will be determined by international law and Iran will not accept any limitations beyond its commitments.”
Meanwhile, Russian official news agency TASS, reported on Monday that the situation around the JCPOA was in focus of a telephonic conversation between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu.
The statement issued by Kremlin press service “Vladimir Putin reiterated Russia’s position that the JCPOA, which has a paramount importance in terms of international stability and security, must be strictly observed by all its signatories”.
French President Emanuel Macron has recently visited Washington and discussed the future of JCPOA. While addressing a joint press conference at White House Macron spoke about a new Iran deal accommodating US concerns, including Iran missile program and Tehran’s growing influence in the region.
However, while addressing US congress very next day, macron insisted for continuing implementation of JCPOA saying that we have signed the deal and we should support the deal.
US President Donald Trump has to take a call on May 12 on either to continue to be part of the nuclear deal or pull out of the multilateral agreement. If he denies renewing his consent, relaxation on Iran sanctions would be withdrawn.