Iran summons French ambassador over colleague’s tweet

Iran’s foreign ministry called France’s ambassador to Washington’s remarks “unacceptable.” (Shutterstock)

Iran’s semi-official ISNA news agency reported that the foreign ministry has summoned France’s ambassador to Tehran over remarks made on Twitter by his colleague in Washington.

Ambassador Philippe Thiebaud was being asked on Sunday to explain why the French ambassador to the US, Gerard Araud, had tweeted that “sanctions could be reimposed” on Iran once the 2015 nuclear deal expires after 10 years.

Araud said Saturday that because “Russia is providing enriched uranium” to Iran, Tehran shouldn’t need to be “massively enriching uranium after the JCPOA,” using the acronym for the nuclear deal signed with world powers, including France.

ISNA said that Iran’s foreign ministry has called Araud’s remarks “unacceptable” and in “open violation” of the nuclear deal.

Under the nuclear deal, Iran capped its uranium enrichment activities in return to ending sanctions.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:53 - GMT 06:53