“Iran has completely kept the way open for diplomacy and negotiations and we hope all parties of the JCPOA use this opportunity in a bid to reach an ideal point, which is the full implementation of the deal,” Rouhani said in a meeting with Emmanuel Bonne, the diplomatic adviser to French President Emmanuel Macron, in Tehran on Wednesday.
“The main objective of the Islamic Republic of Iran is the full implementation of the JCPOA parties’ obligations, and if all parties meet their commitments, Iran will also take serious steps to fulfill its own obligations,” Rouhani said.
France’s top diplomat also had meetings with the Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Wednesday.
During his meeting with Shamkhani, the Iranian official called the reduction of Iran’s commitments under the nuclear deal as an “unchangeable strategy” that “will be continued in line with Articles 26 and 36 of the JCPOA until the full realization of Iran’s rights.”
Shamkhani also urged Europe to stand against the US and not allow its sovereignty to be held hostage to Washington’s unilateralism.
“The era of carrying out one-way measures is over,” Shamkhani added, warning the EU countries that Iran is no longer going to implement the JCPOA unilaterally.
He further described the US policy of maximum pressure on Iran as a failed strategy, stressing that it is impossible to talk to Iran with the language of force.
For his part, the French envoy said he is in Iran not as a mediator and carries no message from the US.
Bonne also noted that Iran’s power, influence and position in the regional and international equations have grown remarkably over the past 20 years despite the US opposition.
He added that French President Emmanuel Macron seeks joint initiatives for a ceasefire in the US economic war against Iran.
The French diplomat also voiced Paris’ willingness to continue interaction with Iran, given its undeniable role and influence in the region, in order to address the crises in Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Lebanon.
In May 2018, US President Donald Trump pulled his country out of the JCPOA.
Iran and the remaining parties launched talks to save the JCPOA after the US withdrawal, but the three EU parties to the deal (France, Britain, and Germany) have failed to ensure Iran’s economic interests.
The EU’s inaction forced Tehran to stop honoring certain commitments to the nuclear deal, including a rise in the stockpile of enriched uranium.
Iran maintains that the new measures are not designed to harm the JCPOA, but to save the accord by creating a balance in the commitments.