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Macron says Iran's nuclear decisions are 'grave'

06 November 2019, MVT 19:55
French President Emmanuel Macron waits for the arrival of the Ivorian President for a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Febuary 15, 2019. (Photo by LUDOVIC MARIN / AFP)
06 November 2019, MVT 19:55

French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday said Iran had made "grave" decisions after Tehran took another step back from a troubled 2015 nuclear agreement with major powers.

"I will have discussions in the coming days, including with the Iranians, and we must collectively draw the consequences," Macron said at a news conference during a trip to Beijing.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday that Iran would resume uranium enrichment at an underground plant south of Tehran.

Macron said it was the first time that Iran explicitly withdraws from the nuclear deal, calling it a "profound change" from Tehran's previous position.

The next few weeks will be dedicated to increasing pressure on Iran to return within the framework of the pact, the French president said, adding that this must be "accompanied by an easing of some sanctions."

Beijing, China | AFP

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