French President Emmanuel Macron said he thinks US President Donald Trump will withdraw from the Iran nuclear accord, dealing a blow to the agreement reached in 2015 and endorsed by world powers. "I believe he will get rid of this deal for domestic reasons,” Mr Macron told journalists on Wednesday in Washington, adding that he encouraged the US president to stay in the accord during his three-day visit to Washington. Mr Macron went on to say that a US withdrawal, which isn’t backed by any of the other five countries who are part of the agreement, would lead to a period of increased tensions and uncertainty over Iranian and US reactions. The comments come a day after Mr Macron and Mr Trump hosted a news conference in which the French president proposed a new agreement which would try to address many of Mr Trump’s concerns about the six-party accord, which he has called “insane” and the “worst … [Read more...] about Emmanuel Macron thinks Donald Trump will withdraw from Iran deal
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Middle East 22 April 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Twitter Share this with Messenger Share this with Messenger Share this with Email Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-43858040 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel French President Emmanuel Macron has urged his US counterpart, Donald Trump, to stick with the Iran nuclear deal, saying there is no better option.He was speaking to Fox News ahead of a three-day state visit to the US … [Read more...] about Macron urges Trump to stick with Iran deal
By April 12, 2018, 6:44 PM EDT European officials said they are growing more optimistic they’ll be able to provide enough assurances to the U.S. to prevent President Donald Trump from scrapping the Iran nuclear deal.Officials from the U.K., France and Germany emerged from talks this week with U.S. officials in Washington more confident than they’ve been after previous meetings. Two European diplomats, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the discussions are ongoing, said they are close to an agreement that could be taken to Trump and his top advisers.Russia and China, the other parties to the 2015 Iran accord reached under President Barack Obama’s administration, are not part of this effort to shape additional language outside of that deal.Trump has previously threatened to tear up the Iran deal, and he suggested he may not continue to periodically waive sanctions on Iran -- the next deadline to do so is May 12. His choice of John Bolton to replace H.R. … [Read more...] about Europeans See Signs for Optimism in Push to Preserve Iran Deal
President Trump's inner circle is already drafting a new policy in anticipation of the US pulling out of the Iran deal, according to reports. The move would likely alienate the US from its allies and inflame regional tensions. Trump's national security team is mulling strategies for pulling out of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), known colloquially as the 'Iran nuclear deal,' and reimposing sanctions on Tehran, according to the Associated Press. Trump has set May 12 as the deadline for the deal to be renegotiated and has warned that Washington may pull out of the agreement if its demands for a tougher stance on Iran aren't met. According to AP, one option under consideration by Trump's aides is delaying the reapplication of sanctions by six months, giving European signatories of the agreement time to revise the deal to Trump's liking. Three of the deal's signatories – France, Britain and Germany – last month proposed imposing EU-wide travel bans and … [Read more...] about US reportedly mulling options in anticipation of Iran deal pull-out
It looks like the Iran nuclear deal will not survive past May 12. That is the next occasion President Donald Trump will have to end waivers on crippling sanctions against Iran, withdrawing America from the agreement. Unless European allies commit to fixing its main flaws -- the sunset provisions, lack of restrictions on Iran's missile tests and the hampered inspection process -- Trump will withdraw.QuickTake Iran's Nuke ProgramThe president is already setting the stage. He replaced Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the most vocal proponent of the deal, with one of its toughest critics, former CIA director Mike Pompeo. Then there is the new national security adviser, John Bolton, who six months ago drafted strategy for getting the U.S. out of the agreement altogether. There are strong arguments for following through on this course. As Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, likes to say, Iran gets to become a breakout nuclear power down the road by adhering to the agreement's … [Read more...] about Don’t Blow Up The Iran Deal. Trump’s Strategy Is Working.