Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said Saturday that U.S. sanctions on Tehran are detrimental to the global economy, particularly Europe.
Raisi made the remarks in a 120-minute phone conversation with his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, according to the Iranian presidency’s website.
Censuring the “unconstructive measures” implemented by the United States and some European countries, Raisi described the recent adoption of a resolution by the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as a crisis-provoking move aimed at pressuring the Iranian people, which dealt a blow to political trust.
In June, the IAEA’s Board of Governors passed the resolution proposed by the United States, Britain, France and Germany following the agency’s reports that Tehran had not provided “technically credible explanations” for uranium particles at three undeclared sites.
For his part, Macron said that reviving the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action was “still possible” but must happen “as soon as possible,” according to a French presidency statement.
Iran signed the landmark nuclear deal in July 2015, agreeing to curb its nuclear program in return for removing sanctions on the country. However, former U.S. President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of the agreement in May 2018 and reimposed unilateral sanctions on Iran, prompting the latter to drop some of its commitments under the pact.