Emmanuel Macron has accused Iran of continuing to violate the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. He called for Iran to act responsibly and to stop aggravating a “serious nuclear situation” amid concerns the country is becoming increasingly hostile. The French president’s comments come as France as well as the European Union and the United States attempt to hold informal talks with Iran to revive the nuclear agreement.
Speaking at a conference on Thursday, Mr Macron warned Iran about changing its behaviour.
The French President said: “Iran must stop aggravating a serious nuclear situation with an accumulation of violations of the accord.”
The President went on to say how France is “fully mobilised” for a restart of a “credible process that allows us to get out of this crisis.”
He said: “That means a return to control and supervision of the nuclear programme.”
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Mr Macron’s hard talk comes ahead of hopes by France to get Iran round the table to discuss their nuclear programme.
The nuclear deal which was signed in 2015 between Iran and other world leaders including the United Kingdom and the United States lifted sanctions on Iran in exchange for curbs to its nuclear programme.
But currently, both sides are unwilling to compromise on a deal to get Iran to calm down.
It comes as Iran has progressively reduced its compliance with the pacts agreed.
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The International Atomic Energy Agency said in a report to member states earlier this week that Iran has started enriching uranium at its underground Natanz plant with a second type of advanced centrifuge, the IR-4, in a further breach of the deal.
Last year Iran started moving three cascades, or clusters, of different advanced models of centrifuge from an above-ground plant at Natanz to its below-ground Fuel Enrichment Plant (FEP).
It is already enriching underground with IR-2m centrifuges. The deal only lets it enrich there with first-generation IR-1 machines.
Iran is enriching up to 20% purity at another plant, Fordow.