Iran rejects West’s nuclear proposal

17:11 • 25.04.18



Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has questioned the legitimacy of efforts by the US and its European allies to change a nuclear deal with his country.


The US and French leaders announced on Tuesday that they were working on a "new deal" that would expand and extend the terms of the 2015 accord.


But Mr Rouhani said they had no "right" to renegotiate a seven-party agreement.


He also dismissed US President Donald Trump as a "tradesman" not qualified to comment on global treaties, BBC News reports.


"You don't have any background in politics," he said. "You don't have any background in law. You don't have any background on international treaties."


Mr Trump has said the US will reimpose sanctions on Iran suspended under the deal on 12 May unless Congress and European powers fix its "disastrous flaws".


The five other parties to the accord - France, the UK, Germany, China and Russia - see it as the best way to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon and want Mr Trump to continue waiving the sanctions while they try to address his concerns.


Before holding talks with French President Emmanuel Macron at the White House on Tuesday, Mr Trump called the deal "insane" and left it unclear what would happen next month.


He also warned Iranian leaders that they would "have bigger problems than they have ever had before" if they restarted their nuclear programme.


Afterwards, Mr Macron told a joint news conference that the deal was "not sufficient" but gave Western powers some control over Iranian nuclear activities.

"We therefore wish, from now on, to work on a new deal with Iran," he said.

Based on their discussions, Mr Macron added, it would "need to cover four topics":

 





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