Iran rejects talks after Macron says ‘very short time’ to stop it getting nukes

French leader tells Saudi TV any new nuclear negotiations will be ‘very strict,’ must include Riyadh; Tehran warns France against ‘hasty and ill-considered positions’

French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace in Paris, January 13, 2021. (Francois Mori / POOL / AFP)

Iran on Saturday warned France to avoid “hasty and ill-considered positions,” after French President Emmanuel Macron was reported to say any new nuclear negotiations with Tehran would be “very strict,” and that only a very short time remains to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.

Macron told Saudi Arabia’s Al Arabiya TV in an interview that any talks should include the Saudis, a major regional foe of Iran. The French leader reportedly said it was important not to repeat the “mistake” of leaving other countries in the region out of the 2015 nuclear accord.

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