Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has rejected the US-French call for a new nuclear deal. Rouhani insisted that by signing the Joint Comprehensive Plan for Action in 2015, Iran demonstrated its goodwill to the world.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani challenged Wednesday the demands for a fresh nuclear deal, saying Tehran's endorsement of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan for Action proved to the world that his country "does not seek to acquire weapons of mass destruction."
His statement came a day after US President Donald Trump and French leader Emmanuel Macron called for a "new deal" with Tehran.
"Together with a leader of a European country, they say: 'We want to decide on an agreement reached by seven parties.' What for? With what right?" Rouhani said in a speech.
The Iranian president accused Trump of lacking political experience: "You are just a businessman… you have no experience in politics or law or international agreements. How can you pass judgements on international affairs?" he said.
Trump believes the deal favors Iran and he wants to pull out. But during his visit to the US, Macron said he spoke to the US president about a "new deal" through which the US and Europe would tackle Trump's concerns about Iran's nuclear program and beyond.
Speaking at a press conference with Trump, the French president suggested that a new accord could also take into account Iran's ballistic missile program, and stop Tehran's activities in Syria and Yemen.
Macron, however, does not have the European Union's backing for his proposal: "But there is one deal existing, it is working and it needs to be preserved," EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on the sidelines of a Syria conference in Brussels.
"It (the deal) has been preventing Iran from developing a nuclear weapon and commits Iran not to develop a nuclear weapon, without a limit," Mogherini added.