Macron Calls Rouhani, Asks Iran for ‘Clear Gestures’

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France's new Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron listens during a transition of power ceremony at the Economy Ministry in Paris, Wednesday, Aug.27, 2014. France's prime minister reshuffled his Cabinet on Tuesday to silence ministers who had openly criticized Socialist President Francois Hollande's economic policies as he tries to pull the nation out of stagnation and steer it toward growth. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday asked Iranian President Hassan Rouhani for “clear gestures” and an immediate return to the terms of a landmark nuclear deal with Western powers in a telephone call.

Macron’s office said the French leader also asked Rouhani to fully cooperate with the U.N. nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, on inspections and expressed his “deepest concern” over Iranian violations of the accord.

The 2015 deal — called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) — has been hanging by a thread since former U.S. president Donald Trump withdrew Washington from it and reimposed punishing sanctions on Iran in 2018.

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