In Jerusalem, France’s top diplomat says Paris will push new sanctions on Iran next month

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

During his meeting with Foreign Minister Israel Katz in Jerusalem, France’s top diplomat Stéphane Séjourné says that France will push new sanctions on Iran at the next IAEA Board of Governors meeting in May.

“We will work with all our power at the IAEA meeting next month to impose sanctions on Iran regarding its nuclear, missiles and UAVs to prove that the pressure is increasing,” says Séjourné, according to the Israeli readout. “The US may join as well.”

“All international crises now will once again lead to a run for nuclear weapons, including dictatorial or unstable countries,” the French foreign minister continues. “We need to stop this, we are all unanimous on the Iranian nuclear issue.”

Séjourné also agrees with Katz that Iran is behind attacks by Hamas, Hezbollah, Shiite militias and Houthis in Yemen.

The two diplomats also discuss a possible diplomatic settlement to end the fighting between Israel and Hezbollah, Iran sanctions in the European Union and “efforts to prevent recognition of a Palestinian state,” according to the readout.

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