In an interview with the French Newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche, the French minister called on both Iran and the United States to return to the Vienna Agreement from which the outgoing US President, Donald Trump, withdrew in 2018, and since that time, Tehran has imposed harsh sanctions.
Le Drian added, "Iran - I say that clearly - is in the process of building a nuclear capability," adding, "There are also presidential elections in Iran in mid-June next, so it is necessary to tell the Iranians that this is enough and that arrangements are made for Iran and the United States to return to Vienna Convention. "
Le Drian expressed his concerns about Iran's nuclear activities, calling for an immediate response and for the United States to return to the 2015 agreement as soon as President-elect Joe Biden takes office.
He explained that returning to the agreement would not be enough, so the ballistic missiles and Iran's destabilizing activities in the region must be discussed, saying, "This will not be sufficient. It will require difficult talks about ballistic proliferation and Iran's destabilization of its neighbors in the region."
The nuclear agreement concluded in 2015 provides for the partial lifting of international sanctions imposed on Iran, and in return, measures aimed at ensuring that this country does not possess atomic weapons.
Meanwhile, the French Foreign Minister's statements came after Iran, last Wednesday, informed the International Atomic Energy Agency that it was advancing the production of uranium metal, to form fuel for one of the reactors, which is considered a new violation of its obligations under the international nuclear agreement signed in 2015.