Iran Continues Breaches to Nuke Deal as Macron Attempts Salvage

After talks between French president Emmanuel Macron and Iranian president Hassan Rouhani, the two countries have moved closer in their views regarding the future of the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and the West. According Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei, “the points of views have become closer on many issues and now technical discussions are being held on ways to carry out the Europeans’ commitments.” France and other European nations have been trying to save the deal since the U.S. withdrew and re-imposed sanctions against Iran. Reported by The Guardian. Read more…

Iran has been increasing pressure on the West to reinstate the deal. Last week, Behrouz Kamalvandi, a spokesman for Iran’s nuclear agency, said that Iran had begun lifting limitations on its research and development imposed by the deal, and that would “include development of more rapid and advanced centrifuges.” Kamalvandi also said that “The European parties to the deal should know that there is not much time left, and if there is some action to be taken, it should be done quickly.” He was referring to action to rescue the deal. Reported by The Guardian. Read more…

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Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu payed a surprise visit to London to meet with the U.K.’s new prime minister, Boris Johnson. The meeting was part of an effort by Netanyahu to discourage talks with Iran. Johnson and Netanyahu also discussed the Palestinian issue. Reported by The Guardian. Read more…

Iran is not the only power in the region that may seek nuclear weapons. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has rejected calls against Turkey acquiring nuclear weapons. Erdogan said, “Some countries have missiles with nuclear warheads, not one or two. But (they tell us) we can’t have them. This, I cannot accept.” He made the statements during a speech to party members. Erdogan also implied Turkey might need nuclear weapons to counter Israel, which has nuclear capability. Reported by Fox News. Read more…