(Persia Digest) - French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says the U.S. can help encourage dialogue with Iran to ease growing tensions even though it withdrew from the 2015 nuclear accord with Iran.
 
The Washington Post reports that speaking to the French Senate, Le Drian said that Iran’s decision to surpass two accord threshholds, for stockpiling weakly enriched uranium and enriching uranium beyond the 3.67% limit, amounts to “a bad reaction to a bad decision,” a reference to the U.S. withdrawal.
 

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France wants to create a “space for dialogue” to de-escalate a potentially dangerous situation, he said, and President Emmanuel Macron spoke both to the Iranian leader and President Donald Trump for that reason.
 
He says: “The Americans, even if they’re no longer signatories ... can make needed gestures of appeasement to open a space of discussion to avoid an uncontrolled escalation, or even an accident.”

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