Macron urges Europe to establish international nuclear arms control

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to the French President, European countries "cannot remain spectators" in any new arms race
18:03, 7 February 2020


President of France Emmanuel Macron addressed European countries on Friday, urging them to react to any new arms race that might occur, DW reports.

"Europeans must realize collectively that in the absence of a legal framework, they could rapidly face a new race for conventional weapons, even nuclear weapons, on their own soil," Macron stated.

French President emphasized the deterioration of long-standing global nuclear agreements, referring to the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which was abandoned by the US and Russia.

It is worth noting that, according to Macron, France is convinced that long-term security in Europe is possible through a strong alliance with the United States.

Related: New START: The future of U.S.-Russia nuclear arms control

He also stated that Brexit "has not changed anything" in terms of cooperation between Paris and London. However, with the UK's withdrawal for the EU, France remains to be the one country that possesses nuclear power.

As we reported earlier, Iran stated it is not going to withdraw from the nuclear deal as Deutsche Welle informed.

The representative of the Foreign Ministry Abbas Mousavi criticized European countries for insufficient efforts for the rescue of the deal and added that Iran stays in the nuclear deal, despite the gradual refusal from its commitment. 

Related: Iran states it does not leave nuclear deal

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