Iranian Pres. criticizes Trump-Marcon talks on nuclear deal

TEHRAN, Iranian President Hassan Rohani has voiced doubts about the legitimacy of demands for a fresh nuclear agreement between world powers and Tehran, after the leaders of the United States and France called for a “new” deal.

“Together with a leader of a European country, [the Americans] say: ‘We want to decide on an agreement reached by seven parties,'” Rohani said in a televised speech on April 25.

U.S. President Donald Trump and his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, said after meeting at the White House on April 24 that they want to negotiate a new deal with Iran going beyond its landmark 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers to encompass broader concerns in the region.

“What for? With what right?” Rohani said, referring to the proposal.

Trump has given the nuclear agreement’s European signatories a May 12 deadline to fix what he calls its “terrible flaws,” threatening to effectively withdraw the United States from the deal by refusing to extend waivers on U.S. sanctions if they do not do so.

In his speech, Rohani also railed against Trump, calling him an inexperienced “tradesman.

Source: Kuwait News Agency