Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron emphasized Thursday the need for consolidating efforts to save the Iran nuclear deal.

Iran Press/Iran news: In a phone call initiated by paris, Macron and Putin said that the Iran nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is an "important factor in ensuring security in the Middle East and maintaining non-proliferation regime," the Kremlin said in a statement.

"Both sides stressed that the JCPOA is a major factor in ensuring security in the Middle East and maintaining the nuclear non-proliferation regime. The sides pointed to the expediency of consolidation of efforts of all the nations interested in keeping the JCPOA in place," the Kremlin said.

US President Donald Trump last year unilaterally withdrew from the multinational deal negotiated by his predecessor Barack Obama. Trump instead imposed sweeping sanctions prohibiting Iranian oil exports.

Iran has strongly condemned US withdrawal from the JCPOA, saying that it has violated all its commitments under the JCPOA and has relentlessly pressured, bullied and intimidated others.

The United States has not only prevented others from implementing their commitments fully, but also, including through revoking nuclear waivers, hampered Iran’s implementation of its own commitments under the deal.

The United States has adopted and implemented the “maximum pressure” policy, while calling for negotiation, which is another sign of its paradoxical approach.


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