French President Macron warns Iran against further violations of the INF Treaty

French President Emmanuel Macron speacks as he visits Station F startup campus in Paris, on October 9, 2018. (Photo by LUDOVIC MARIN / various sources / AFP) (Photo credit should read LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty Images)
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Paris, July 2: France has on Tuesday warned Iran against carrying out further actions resulting in violation of its landmark 2015 international nuclear deal with world powers, but however, appeared less on challenging Tehran over its decision of exceeding the uranium-enrichment limit.

According to Reuters news reports, in a statement, the French presidency said President Emmanuel Macron has recalled “his attachment to the full respect of the 2015 nuclear accord and asks Iran to reverse without delay this excess, as well as to avoid all extra measures that would put into question its nuclear commitments.”

Franc, along with Germany and Britain, has been long seeking to secure the International Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty since United States President Donald Trump withdrew America from the accord last year and imposed sanctions over Tehran.

France had been worrying about retaliatory actions from others after reports by International Atomic Energy Agency that confirmed Iran had summoned additional low-enriched uranium that it was allowed under the pact.

The development from the French side is European diplomacy after Germa, British, and French officials had vowed to deliver a strong response if Tehran fundamentally violated the pact.

The French statement also stated Macron would opt stern actions in a coming couple of days in order to ensure Iranian obligations are met.

Under the terms of the accord, if any state member believes Iran has breached the pact, they can launch a diplomatic dispute resolution process that could finish at the United Nations security council (UNSC), resulting in UN sanctions on Tehran.

Trump has on Monday warned Tehran, stating Washington is in a position to do “far worse” amid reports Iran has kicked off enriching uranium exceeding the limits outlined in the landmark 2015 international nuclear deal.

During an interview with Fox News, the US president said, “We are in a position to do far worse.”

However, the Iranian foreign minister said the step was not the violation of the nuclear accord, arguing Tehran was, in fact, exercising its rights to retaliate to America’s withdrawal of the pact.

The United Nations (UN) nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) – responsible for monitoring Iranian nuclear program under the treaty – has confirmed Tehran had exceeded the uranium-enriching limits.

 

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