Macron Denies Accusations That Paris 'Downplayed' Iran Policies

Macron Denies Accusations That Paris 'Downplayed' Iran Policies
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French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech as he visits Station F startup campus in Paris, on October 9, 2018. (AFP/File)
French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech as he visits Station F startup campus in Paris, on October 9, 2018. (AFP/File)
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French President Emmanuel Macron refuted claims that underestimated Paris' policies towards Tehran, saying “I’ve never been naive with Iran or thought it would be easy.”

He stressed that he always called for a more demanding policy toward Iran which needed to include keeping the existing deal, discussing its nuclear work after 2025 when parts of the agreement expire, its ballistic missile program and curtailing its regional influence.

Macron discussed for the first time in a televised interview on Friday the matter of holding Iranian authorities accountable for the terrorist operation plot, end of June against an Iranian opposition conference in Villepinte.

He convened with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, and the French ministerial statement was issued after his return from the US city and after an inspection process carried out by relevant French bodies.

Macron said he was still awaiting explanations, but Rouhani had not given him any during two exchanges he had with the Iranian president. He added that the dispute with Washington regarding the Iranian file is not on the goals but the method.

At the Iranian end, Paris is viewed as not taking sufficient measures and procedures to enable Iran to benefit from the Iranian deal. Iran also sees that the French police did not promptly protect Tehran's embassy in Paris from the 'stones’ attack' by Iranian Kurdish group.
 
 
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