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Macron: Tehran’s decision does not mean exiting from JCPOA

Tehran, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday that Tehran's recent decision on its nuclear activities does not mean its exit from the nuclear deal with P5+1, calling on all parties to the deal not to move towards escalation.

At a press conference in Paris with the visiting prime minister of the Zionist regime Benjamin Netanyahu, the French leader called on 'everyone to stabilize the situation and not give into this escalation which would lead to only one thing: conflict'.

While noting that Iran had stepped up the pressure by announcing plans to boost its uranium enrichment capacity, Macron also pointed blame in the direction of US President Donald Trump for unilaterally pulling out of the hard-fought 2015 deal designed to stop Tehran getting a nuclear bomb.

'When you decide to bring an end to a deal on your side, that does not encourage the other party to respect it,' he said, calling this 'solid common sense'.

The French president said he would like Iran to stay in the JCPOA and talk about other issues including collective security because it addresses the security concerns of Israel and other countries

Macron stressed he had 'no indication' that Iran had breached the terms of the deal, which Trump walked away from last month.

And while he agreed with Netanyahu that the deal had flaws, he added: 'If you consider it insufficient but that it's a step forward from what existed before, it's better to keep it.'

Referring to Iran's regional activities, the French president claimed that they were concerned about the Islamic Republic's military presence in the region.

In his address to a large crowds of people at the mausoleum of the founder of the Islamic Republic late Imam Khomeini Monday, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran must make the necessary arrangements to reach 190,000 SWU in the framework provided by the JCPOA and must begin some other preparations that Mr. president has ordered as soon as tomorrow.'

Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi told a press conference on Tuesday that the infrastructure in Natanz electricity facility, required for achieving long-term goals, including the multi-thousand SWUs project, has already been constructed by Iranian scientists.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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