French President Emmanuel Macron called on Iran Tuesday to “immediately” reduce its enriched uranium reserves, a day after Tehran announced it had passed limits under a 2015 nuclear deal to retaliate against new US sanctions.
In a statement, Macron said he had “noted with concern” Tehran’s overstepping of the limit set in the 2015 deal with world powers and called on Iran “to immediately reverse this overshoot and abstain from any other measure that would undermine its nuclear obligations”.
The French leader said he would continue in the coming days to work towards a resolution of the standoff between Iran and the US that would see Tehran “fully respect its obligations and continue to benefit from the economic advantages of the (2015) deal.”
Iran announced in May that it would reduce some commitments to the nuclear deal after the US tightened sanctions against the Islamic Republic, amid several threats of military engagement in the region.
On Monday, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Iran had now exceeded the limit on its enriched uranium reserves.