WASHINGTON—French President Emmanuel Macron said it was his “bet” that President Donald Trump would withdraw the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal, a move he said would lead to a period of heightened tensions with an outcome that was hard to predict. Mr. Macron traveled to Washington this week hoping to persuade Mr. Trump to stay in the 2015 accord, under which Iran agreed to curb its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel is bringing a similar case to Washington Friday.... … [Read more...] about Macron Says His ‘Bet’ Is That Trump Will Withdraw From Iran Nuclear Pact
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Donald Trump may well pull out of the Iran nuclear deal for domestic political reasons, French President Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday, after he and his American counterpart held talks addressing the agreement's future. Near the end of his three-day state visit, Macron told US media that while he did not know specifically what Trump will decide, he believes the US leader "will get rid of this deal on his own, for domestic reasons." Trump -- a fierce opponent of the July 2015 agreement signed by Tehran and international powers -- must declare by May 12 if he will essentially walk away from the existing deal when the renewal deadline arrives on May 12, or stay in. Macron had come to Washington in part to plead for a more comprehensive "new agreement" that would address what he and Trump believe to be shortcomings of the existing accord. Trump has branded the Iran deal "insane" and the "worst" in history. "I have no inside information" on what decision Trump will make on the agreement, … [Read more...] about France’s Macron pessimistic about future of Iran nuclear pact
Donald Trump’s view of the Iran pact is the opposite to that of European ministers who’ve been meeting with their Iranian counterpart and the EU’s top diplomat in Brussels. Hailed by backers as crucial to stopping Tehran building a nuclear bomb, the US president says it’s the “worst deal ever negotiated.” “The Europeans are trying hard on both sides: convincing the Americans to stay in the deal, and then, should the US drop it, then at least working with the Iranians, to not immediately leave the deal as well, but to give them some time to come to an agreement which, one way or an other, can preserve the deal,” explained Cornelius Adebahr from Carnegie Europe. It’s delicate for Iran right now, as it faces the demonstrations at home – linked to the frustration of young people, who thought the lifting of sanctions would improve their lives. “In Iran the only people who are happy with the pact are (Foreign Minister) … [Read more...] about Is the Iran nuclear pact in trouble?
We must protect the Iran nuclear pact. The joint message to America from Britain, France, Germany and the European Union, who say Tehran has the right to benefit from the lifting of sanctions it brought about. It comes after foreign ministers met with their Iranian counterpart and top EU diplomat Federica Mogherini in Brussels and as the US administration decides whether to reimpose oil sanctions lifted under the deal. “This non-proliferation agreement is essential and there is no alternative. It is important that all stakeholders respect this shared commitment and, consequently, that our American allies respect it as well,” said French Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian. The EU moves are happening as Iran deals with protests at home, barely touched upon in Brussels. Britain’s foreign secretary says alongside the pact, Tehran must be pressed on other issues. “In parallel we should focus on what Iran can do to help resolve the appaling crisis in … [Read more...] about Iran nuclear pact ‘essential’
Hollande accused Trump of 'damaging the credibility of any future negotiations with North Korea' 0SHARES Share Tweet Email Former French President Francois Hollande PHOTO: REUTERS SEOUL: Former French president Francois Hollande on Tuesday slammed Donald Trump’s hardline stance on the Iran nuclear deal — which Paris helped to negotiate — as a “double fault”, warning the US president’s “unpredictability” threatened global stability. Trump’s threat to ditch the landmark 2015 agreement, which saw Tehran dramatically scale back its nuclear ambitions in return for an end to punishing sanctions, has sparked a chorus of foreign support for the pact. “Donald Trump’s decision not to certify the accord and to demand that Congress strengthen sanctions is, to my eyes, a double fault,” Hollande told a conference in Seoul. The former leader’s first speech on international affairs … [Read more...] about Hollande slams Trump’s ‘double fault’ over Iran nuclear deal