Iran welcomes French efforts to save nuclear deal


"Iran has always been secretly 'enriching, ' in total violation of the awful 150 Billion Dollar deal made by John Kerry and the Obama Administration", Trump said on Twitter.

Iran says it welcomes France's efforts to ease the tensions recently raised over the 2015 nuclear deal and contribute to preserving the deal, which has been challenged by the US.

Iran says the Europeans have not done enough to save the nuclear deal, and the U.S. violation of the JCPOA has barred Tehran from benefiting from the economic dividends of the pact.

Referring to the upcoming visit of French president's top diplomatic advisor, Emmanuel Bonne, who is scheduled to meet Iranian Secretary of Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif later today, Mousavi said, "We are facing diplomatic struggle in regional and worldwide levels and proper actions should be taken to ease the tensions".

"Iran has always been secretly 'enriching, ' in total violation of the bad 150 Billion Dollar deal made by John Kerry and the Obama Administration", Trump said on Twitter. But Iran would move to the "third phase" of its stepped-up uranium enrichment program unless the Europeans kept promises to uphold the economic benefits of the accord.

"There is no credible reason for Iran to expand its nuclear programme, and there is no way to read this as anything other than a crude and transparent attempt to extort payments from the worldwide community", the U.S. mission to the IAEA said in a statement delivered at the closed-door agency board meeting. In recent weeks, Iran has begun to openly breach limits on uranium enrichment set by the deal in order to pressure European signatories to salvage it.

While Iran was found to have had covert enrichment sites long before the nuclear accord, the deal also imposed the most intrusive nuclear supervision on Iran of any country, and there has been no serious suggestion Iran is secretly enriching now. Iran has conditioned any talks on first being able to export as much oil as it did before the U.S. withdrawal.

As Iran continues to violate the 2015 nuclear deal and enrich uranium beyond limits prescribed in the pact, President of the United States of America asked the middle-east nation to be "very careful".

The U.S. requested the special board meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency after Iran announced last week that it had exceeded the amount of low-enriched uranium it is allowed to stockpile under limitations set in the 2015 nuclear deal. Since then, it also announced it has started enriching uranium past the 3.67% purity allowed, to 4.5%. That has been a political nonstarter in Washington, meaning that the prospect of negotiations between Washington and Tehran remains bleak.

Hassan Rouhani was quoted by the official IRNA news agency Wednesday as calling the seizure "mean and wrong" during a cabinet meeting.

The Trump administration placed two Lebanese lawmakers from Tehran ally Hezbollah on its sanctions blacklist Tuesday, but stopped short of carrying out an earlier threat to impose such measures on Iran's top diplomat.

The US and the European countries are deceiving us.

He said the current talks are focused on the implementation of the current nuclear deal and fulfilling the obligations of France, the UK, Germany as well as Russian Federation and China.

"I warn England that you are the initiator of insecurity in seas and you will later understand its repercussions", Rouhani stated, adding that British forces had seized the vessel "unjustly", claiming that the USA had, in fact, seized the tanker "by proxy" through its ally. But the global community does not believe Iran, and negotiated a nuclear deal to prevent it from doing so.