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Iran Says It Welcomes France’s Efforts to Save Nuclear Deal

Iran Says It Welcomes France’s Efforts to Save Nuclear Deal

Wednesday, 10 July, 2019 - 09:00
France's top diplomat Emmanuel Bonne shakes hands with Ali Shamkhani, the Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran in Tehran, Iran July 10, 2019. Nazanin Tabatabaee/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS
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Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Wednesday that Tehran welcomes French efforts to save the 2015 nuclear deal.

This came as French President Emmanuel Macron’s top diplomatic adviser visited Iran for talks to help ease the crisis, Reuters reported.

Iran threatened on Monday to restart deactivated centrifuges and increase its enrichment of uranium to 20%.

Tehran has been pushing the European signatories to the accord to protect Iran from US sanctions, which Washington re-imposed after leaving the pact last year.

According to Reuters, Iran’s state news agency IRNA reported that Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi “welcomed France’s role in reducing tension and implementing the accord.”

“The French are part of efforts ... to keep the nuclear deal alive,” Mousavi was quoted as saying during the visit by Emmanuel Bonne.

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