President Rouhani told his French counterpart that “we expect that friendly countries put America under pressure for lifting these cruel, unilateral sanctions… If all sanctions are lifted, we are ready to return to our nuclear obligations”. Rouhani also described the INSTEX mechanism, which on 31 March completed its first transaction, as “positive but insufficient”. “This route must not be limited to medical and food items, and we must be able to use it for meeting all our country’s needs”, he urged. According to a French readout, President Macron affirmed French and European willingness “to continue… humanitarian cooperation” over the COVID-19 pandemic, and “hoped that Iran would return to the respect of its nuclear obligations, refrain from taking new measures contrary to the JCPOA and contribute to the easing of regional tensions”.
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