TEHRAN (AFP) – Iran s President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday told his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron that the nuclear deal his country reached with international powers was “not negotiable”.
“The nuclear deal or any other subject under its pretext is not negotiable in any way,” Rouhani told Macron in a telephone call, quoted by the website of the Iranian presidency.
“Iran will not accept any restrictions beyond its commitments,” he said, after new US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned of Iran s “ambition to dominate the Middle East” during a visit to Israel.
Macron told Rouhani that he “hopes the deal will be preserved and that discussions can begin on three indispensable, additional issues”, according to the French presidency.
These were for the control of Iran s nuclear activities after the deal expires in 2025, as well as its missile programme and the major regional crises, it said, adding the immediate focus should be on war-torn Syria and Yemen.
Trump is due to decide on May 12 whether to reimpose sanctions on Tehran, putting in peril a landmark 2015 nuclear accord.
Britain, France and Germany all remain committed to the deal, saying it is the best way to keep Tehran from getting the bomb.
But Trump and America s Middle East allies argue the deal, approved by Trump s predecessor Barack Obama, was too weak and needs to be replaced with a more permanent arrangement and supplemented by controls on Iran s missile programme.
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