The destiny of a renewed nuclear deal, according to French President Emmanuel Macron, rests with Iran, and even if it doesn’t resolve all issues, an agreement would be “useful.”
When asked about the likelihood of Tehran and the world powers’ 2015 accord being revived, Macron refrained from commenting while on a visit to Algeria.
“Now the ball is in Iran’s court,” Macron told reporters.
The historic agreement that relieved Iran of its sanctions in exchange for limitations on its nuclear program has gained momentum.
The 2015 agreement with Iran was viewed by the parties as the greatest means of preventing the Islamic Republic from developing a nuclear weapon, an aim Tehran has always denied.
Donald Trump, a former US president, unilaterally withdrew the US from the agreement in 2018 and re-imposed punishing economic sanctions on Iran, which caused Iran to start reneging on its own promises.
The European Union presented what it called a definitive document to reinstate the accord on August 8, just weeks after hopes for a renewed deal appeared to be lost despite months of negotiations.
The United States officially reacted to Iran’s latest weekend proposals for revisions on Wednesday.
“I think that it’s an agreement, if it is concluded in the terms which are presented today, which is useful,” said Macron, whose country is one of six which signed the original deal with Iran.
It is also “better than no agreement,” he added.
“But it’s also a deal which does not settle everything. We know that,” Macron said, referring to Iran’s regional role and alleged “destabilization” efforts.