Macron Warns Rohani: Leaving Nuclear Deal Would Be an 'Error'

Iran threatens to exceed Uranium limits unless Britain, France and Germany preserve agreement

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France's President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech during his visit to Miraikan innovation museum in Tokyo, June 27, 2019.
France's President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech during his visit to Miraikan innovation museum in Tokyo, June 27, 2019.Credit: AFP

French President Emmanuel Macron told his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rohani that leaving the 2015 nuclear deal, or any signals that suggested Tehran would break the accord, would be a mistake.

"I had a conversation with President Rohani a couple of days ago and I indicated that any exit from the accord would be an error and any signals in that direction would be an error," Macron told reporters.

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Macron's comments come just a few hours after the Iranian ambassador the UN Majid Takht Ravanchi told a Security Council meeting that the Islamic Republic would exceed its limits on low-enriched uranium set by the 2015 nuclear accord unless Britain, France and Germany take timely, practical steps to preserve the agreement that is "now in critical condition."

French Ambassador Francois Delattre warned the council that "any even partial cessation of Iran's commitments would have negative consequences in terms of the risk of nuclear proliferation, and would further destabilize the region."

Iran said June 17 that it would surpass the deal's 300-kilogram limit on low-enriched uranium by Thursday, and has recently quadrupled its production. It also threatened to raise enrichment closer to weapons-grade levels on July 7 if the three European countries that still support the 2015 agreement don't offer a new deal.

Under the 2015 agreement, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, Iran agreed to limit its enrichment of uranium and submit to UN inspections in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions. But President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the accord in May 2018 and has imposed increasingly tough U.S. sanctions to pressure Iran to negotiate a better deal — and the U.S. has threatened sanctions against countries that trade with Iran.

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