Emmanuel Macron asks Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Tuesday, March 2, to “take clear steps” “without delay” to meet his obligations regarding the inspection of his nuclear facilities. The Iranian decision to suspend the latter “will lead us in the coming days to issue a protest within the framework of the Board of Governors” of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), declared the French Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian before the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Assembly.
The head of French diplomacy thus confirmed information from diplomatic sources according to which Germany, France and Great Britain, the three European countries parties to the Vienna agreement, intend to submit to a vote on Friday. Governing Council a text calling on Iran to “immediately resume” the entire inspection program provided for by this agreement. Iran, for its part, issued a new warning on Tuesday against the possible adoption of such a resolution.
Saving the 2015 Vienna Accord
At a time when Tehran and the international community seek to salvage the Iranian nuclear deal reached in 2015 in Vienna, Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabii warned that the adoption of such a resolution risked rendering these efforts are in vain. But he reaffirmed the Iranian executive’s commitment to a concerted solution. This subject was not mentioned in the telephone interview between Emmanuel Macron and Hassan Rohani, said the Elysee.
But Emmanuel Macron asked his Iranian counterpart that “clear gestures be made without delay by Iran, so that dialogue resumes with all the parties to the Vienna agreement” on Iranian nuclear power. He underlined his “deep concern” at the decisions taken by Iran “in violation of the agreement” and “the need for Iran to return to the respect of its obligations as well as to full cooperation with the IAEA” , added the Elysee. He also “recalled the efforts made by France, with its partners, in recent years, to allow a negotiated solution”.