Iranian President Hasan Rouhani told his French counterpart Emmanuel Macronhat it was impossible for Tehran to stay in the nuclear deal if it cannot benefit from the accord after the US withdrawal.
In a phone call with Macron, Rouhani said he was satisfied with Europe’s stance, especially French efforts to salvage the 2015 deal, but that “such statements should be combined with actions and tangible measures”.
“If Iran cannot benefit from the (nuclear) deal, then it’s practically impossible to stay in the accord,” Rouhani was quoted by state news agency IRNA as saying in a phone call with the French president.
Rouhani expressed hope that efforts by the five remaining signatories to the deal – formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – and Iran as well as the European Union would be successful and fruitful.
US President Donald Trump announced on May 8 that Washington was walking away from the 2015 nuclear agreement, which was reached between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China – plus Germany.
Trump also said he would reinstate US nuclear sanctions on Iran and impose “the highest level” of economic bans on the Islamic Republic.