French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says the U.S. can help encourage dialogue with Iran to ease growing tensions even though it withdrew from the 2015 nuclear accord with Iran.
Speaking to the French Senate, Le Drian said that Iran’s decision to surpass two accord threshholds, for stockpiling weakly enriched uranium and enriching uranium beyond the 3.67% limit, amounts to “a bad reaction to a bad decision,” a reference to the U.S. withdrawal.
France wants to create a “space for dialogue” to de-escalate a potentially dangerous situation, he said, and President Emmanuel Macron spoke both to the Iranian leader and President Donald Trump for that reason.
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He says: “The Americans, even if they’re no longer signatories … can make needed gestures of appeasement to open a space of discussion to avoid an uncontrolled escalation, or even an accident.”
In a related development, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is making a thinly veiled threat to Iran, a day after Iran announced it began enriching uranium beyond the limit set by a 2015 nuclear agreement.
Standing in front of an F-35 stealth fighter during a tour of an air base on Tuesday, Netanyahu said Iran “ought to remember that these planes can reach every place in the Middle East, including Iran and certainly Syria.”
Netanyahu has been a vocal critic of the nuclear deal struck by world powers and Iran in 2015, and has called on Europe to impose fresh sanctions in response to Iran’s breach of it.
Netanyahu has repeatedly vowed that he will never allow Iran to develop the capability to make a nuclear bomb