Iran’s comments come after a joint press conference between the Saudi prince and French President Emmanuel Macron. However, France has indicated it remains committed to the 2015 agreement.
Original negotiators of the 2015 Iranian Nuclear Deal Photo Credit: U.S. Department of State
On Thursday, a spokesperson for Iran’s Foreign Ministry warned France against negating the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal after Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman (MbS) compared the deal to the 1938 appeasement of Adolf Hitler. Speaking at a joint press conference with the prince at the French capital on Tuesday, French President Emmanuel Macron said that while Iran’s influence in the region needs to be checked, he does not support removing the Iranian nuclear deal.
The semi-official Tasnim news agency in Iran reported shortly thereafter that the Saudi claims about Iran’s regional ambitions are false and urged the French government to put aside the prince’s comments. In his statement, the prince appeared to demand more concrete action from the French president, and Iran’s Foreign Ministry quickly responded, citing the dangers of returning to sanctions.
MbS’s statement comes after Iran’s president stated that the program was accelerating faster than expected. The 2015 nuclear deal lifts a significant number of economic sanctions against Iran in exchange for a measured reduction in Iran’s nuclear program. France has indicated it remains committed to the agreement, but the comparison made by MbS was taken by Iran as an attempt by the prince to influence France’s position on the deal.
Macron tweeted about his meeting:
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) April 10, 2018