Written by Shahriar Kia
France’s President Emmanuel Macron told the Iranian regime’s President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday that he was deeply concerned by any further weakening of the 2015 nuclear deal by Tehran and warned that consequences would inevitably follow any such move.
President Macron spoke to Rouhani a day before Tehran was scheduled to increase uranium enrichment purity above the limit set by the deal with world powers, Reuters reported.
“The president recalled his deep concern in the face of the risk of a new weakening of the 2015 nuclear accord, and the consequences that would necessarily follow,” a statement from the French presidency said.
It was unclear exactly what consequences the statement was referring to, Reuters said.
European diplomats have said that further breaches of the accord could see the European parties to the deal – France, Britain and Germany – trigger a dispute resolution mechanism within the accord that could eventually lead to the reimposition of United Nations sanctions.
President Macron said that he had agreed with Rouhani to explore between now and July 15 conditions to “enable the resumption of dialogue between all parties.”
The statement did not clarify why July 15 or elaborate further.