Rouhani tells Macron, Merkel Europe’s package does not meet Iranian demands

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Europe’s package of economic measures to offset the US pullout from the nuclear deal does not go far enough, President Hassan Rouhani told French President Emmanuel Macron by telephone on Thursday, Iranian state news agency IRNA reported.

“The package proposed by Europe … does not meet all our demands,” Rouhani was quoted as saying.

Similar message to Merkel 

He gave a similar message in a call to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the president’s website reported. The proposed package “only included some general promises like previous EU statements,” Rouhani said.

Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei set out conditions in May for European powers if they want Tehran to stay in the accord, including steps by European banks to safeguard trade with Tehran and guarantees for Iranian oil sales.

Rouhani warned on Wednesday that Iran could reduce its co-operation with the UN nuclear watchdog if the deal collapses.
He gave a similar message in a call to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the president’s website reported. The proposed package “only included some general promises like previous EU statements,” Rouhani said.

Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei set out conditions in May for European powers if they want Tehran to stay in the accord, including steps by European banks to safeguard trade with Tehran and guarantees for Iranian oil sales.

Rouhani said Tehran was hopeful that the issue could be addressed when foreign ministers from the five remaining signatories of the nuclear deal meet Iranian officials in Vienna on Friday.

Rouhani had warned on Wednesday that Iran could reduce its co-operation with the UN nuclear watchdog if the deal collapses.

Source: english.alarabiya.net

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