French President Emmanuel Macron told Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday that Tehran must take immediate action if it wishes to resume talks regarding the 2015 nuclear deal, according to an official statement.

“Having reminded [Rouhani] of the efforts made by France with its partners in the last years to reach a negotiated solution, the [French] head of state stressed it was important that Iran made clear and immediate gestures so that dialogue can resume with all parties to the Vienna deal,” reported Reuters.

The French president also told Rouhani that he was “deeply concerned” by Iran’s violations of the nuclear deal.

Meanwhile, Britain, France, Germany and the United States plan to protest with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) after Iran said last month it would lessen cooperation with the nuclear watchdog, according to Reuters.

“The nuclear tensions will lead us in the coming days to put forward a protest in the framework of the IAEA board of governors to regret this decision,” French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told a parliamentary hearing.

Britain, France and Germany circulated a draft resolution on Monday that was backed by the United States that states there is “serious concern” at Iran’s reduced cooperation. A vote on the resolution is set to take place by the end of the week.

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