In a phone conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday, Rouhani said Europeans must financially compensate Iran if they want to preserve the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), following President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the deal and restore sanctions.
U.S. President Donald J. Trump struck to a campaign promise last month when he withdrew the U.S. from the JCPOA, brokered under former President Barack Obama.
Mr. Trump said Tuesday he hopes to negotiate a “real deal” with Iran over its nuclear program after Washington’s renewed sanctions kick in.
“I hope that, at the appropriate time, after the sanctions kick in — and they are brutal what we’ve put on Iran — I hope that they’re going to come back and negotiate a real deal because I’d love to be able to do that.
For its part, Iran is urging longstanding ally North Korea to be cautious in future dealings with President Trump.
Rouhani in response to Trump: “From this moment on, the JPOA (nuclear agreement) is between Iran and five countries. The plus one no longer exists and under these circumstances we have to wait and see how these six countries will react to this agreement.” #IranDeal pic.twitter.com/XTfJ8ffJ0v
— Omid Memarian (@Omid_M) May 8, 2018