Iran’s foreign ministry said the deal was “ unchangeable ” after French President Macron called for talks to include Saudi Arabia.
Iran’s foreign ministry has rejected any new negotiations or changes regarding participants in Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers, after French President Emmanuel Macron said any new negotiations should include Saudi Arabia.
“The nuclear deal is an international multilateral agreement ratified by UN Security Council resolution 2231, which is non-negotiable and the parties to it are clear and immutable,” the spokesperson said on Saturday. from Iranian Foreign Ministry Saeed Khatibzadeh, quoted by state media.
Iran began violating the boundaries of the agreement on uranium enrichment activities after Washington withdrew from the pact in 2018 under then-President Donald Trump and reimposed economic sanctions on Tehran.
President Joe Biden’s new administration has said it will join the deal, but only after Tehran resumes full compliance with its terms.
But Iran has rejected US demands to reverse the acceleration of the nuclear program before Washington lifts sanctions on Tehran.
Saudi Arabia and its ally the United Arab Emirates have said the Gulf Arab states should be involved in any discussions this time around, which they say should also address Iran’s ballistic missile program and its support. to agents around the Middle East.
Saudi Arabia, which is locked in several proxy wars in the region with Tehran, including Yemen, has supported Trump’s “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran.
Response to Macron
In his comments on Friday, quoted by Al Arabiya TV, Macron stressed the need to avoid what he called the mistake of excluding other countries in the region when negotiating the 2015 deal. and should include Saudi Arabia.
Macron said any further discussion of the nuclear deal with Iran would be very “strict” and that there was very little time left to prevent Tehran from having a nuclear weapon.
Khatibzadeh said Macron should “show restraint”.
“If French officials are worried about their huge arms sales to the Arab states in the Persian Gulf, they had better reconsider their policies,” Khatibzadeh said.
“French weapons, along with other Western weapons, are not only causing the massacre of thousands of Yemenis, but are also the main cause of regional instability,” he added.
Earlier this month, Iran resumed 20% uranium enrichment at its Fordow underground nuclear power plant – a level it had reached before the deal.
Iran’s extremist-dominated parliament passed a law last month that requires the government to toughen its nuclear stance if US sanctions are not relaxed within two months.