Sep 11, 2019 21:05 Asia/Tehran [Updated: Sep 12, 2019 06:01 Asia/Tehran]
  • Negotiating with US pointless under sanctions: Rouhani tells Macron

Iranian President said to his French counterpart that negotiating with the US under sanctions is pointless.

Iran Press/Iran news: "From the point of view of the Iranian government, parliament and people, negotiating with the US under sanctions is pointless," Hassan Rouhani said in a phone conversation with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron late on Wednesday.

"If agreements with Europe are finalized, we are ready to return to our JCPOA obligations and Iran and a P5+1 meeting is only possible when sanctions are lifted,” he said according to President Rouhani's official website, President.ir.

Appreciating the French President for his efforts, President referred to Iran’s third step in reducing its JCPOA commitments and emphasized, "Iran's third step is under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency, and it is reversible."

Solidity of JCPOA and security in international waterways, including the Persian Gulf and Sea of Oman are two major objectives, he said, noting that they will benefit the globe, including the EU and even the US.

"The JCPOA was a great opportunity for all to invest in their growing economy," Rouhani said.

He also noted that it is necessary for the EU, especially France, to play their part in the deal in the best manner.

French Preident Macron, for his part, said that Paris will keep up its efforts to help implement the JCPOA and reach an understanding.

During the phone talks, the two presidents agreed to continue consultations.

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