For Jean-Yves Le Drian, we must “tell Iran that this is enough”

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian. – Damjan Tadic / CROPIX / SIPA

Jean-Yves Le Drian wants to be firm on the Iranian nuclear issue. To do this, he even goes so far as to use a direct and therefore not very diplomatic tone, rather unusual for a Minister of Foreign Affairs. In interview at Sunday newspaper, he believes in fact that Iran is in the process of acquiring nuclear weapons and “it is urgent to say that this is enough”.

New deal with Biden

Jean-Yves Le Drian therefore pleads for a return of the United States in the Vienna agreement of 2015 as soon as Joe Biden takes office. “Iran – I say it clearly, is in the process of acquiring nuclear capacity”, estimates Jean-Yves Le Drian. “There is also a presidential election in Iran in mid-June. It is therefore urgent to tell the Iranians that this is enough and to take steps to ensure that Iran and the United States return to the Vienna Agreement ”.

This agreement provides for a partial lifting of international sanctions against Iran, in exchange for measures intended to ensure that this country does not acquire atomic weapons. But Donald Trump came out unilaterally in 2018. “In leaving this agreement, the Trump administration chose the strategy that he called maximum pressure against Iran. The result is that this strategy only increased the risk and the threat. We must therefore stop this mechanism, ”said the head of French diplomacy.

” It’s urgent “

However, “that will not be enough”. “It will take difficult discussions on ballistic proliferation and Iran’s destabilization of its neighbors in the region. I am bound by secrecy about the timing of this kind of file, but it is urgent, ”according to the minister.

Iran had indicated Wednesday to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to advance in its production of uranium metal to be used as fuel for a reactor. The subject is sensitive because uranium metal can be used as a component for nuclear weapons and the 2015 agreement includes a 15-year ban on “the production or acquisition of plutonium or uranium metals or their alloys” . On Saturday, in a joint statement, France, Germany and the United Kingdom called on Iran to stop producing uranium metal.

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