Macron tells Netanyahu the Iran nuclear deal must be preserved

16 January, 2018, 00:54 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • Macron tells Netanyahu the Iran nuclear deal must be preserved

French President Emmanuel Macron told USA counterpart Donald Trump today that it is important for all signatories to respect the landmark Iran nuclear agreement, the French leader's office said.

US President Donald Trump on Friday delivered an ultimatum to European signatories of the deal to fix the "terrible flaws" of the agreement with Iran, or the US would pull out.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said Trump's aggressive stance on the deal and Iran generally have also violated the commitment to "refrain from any policy specifically meant to directly and adversely affect the normalisation of trade and economic relations with Iran" in the accord."Trump has once again avoided the nuclear option on the nuclear deal".

Iran has doubled its oil exports to about 2.2 million-2.3 million b/d since the Iran nuclear deal was implemented in January 2016.

On Friday, the White House said that Trump would waive sanctions against Iran to keep the deal alive, but it would be the "last time" unless the U.S. and Europe reach an agreement in the next 120 days to strengthen the landmark agreement.


The legislation must explicitly state in United States law that long-range missile and nuclear weapons programs are inseparable, and that Iran's development and testing of missiles should be subject to severe sanctions.

Whether or not he chose to listen to European Union or not he decided last Friday to continue to respect the deal that he has described as one of the worst deals and to continue to suspend the sanctions. He wants Iran to allow the immediate inspection of all sites as requested by United Nations inspectors, and he demands no lapse of the "sunset" provisions imposing curbs on Iran's nuclear program.

Britain and Germany said yesterday they had taken note of Trump's latest decision and would confer with France before responding.

Moniz pointed to the nuclear negotiations with Iran claiming "the 159 toughly negotiated pages of detailed constraints put a straitjacket on Iran's nuclear activities that effectively block its path to a nuclear bomb". Reluctantly, they are deciding that Trump is the great destabiliser and a far more potent threat to the global order than any danger posed by Iran. But it did not look like that: if Zarif was indeed being held to account, he was showing no sign of discomfort as he sat beaming at the British, French and German foreign ministers and they beamed back at him.

"Our worst fears are being confirmed", he said. "If at any time I judge that such an agreement is not within reach, I will withdraw from the deal immediately". In effect, he is asking them to act as mediators to accomplish changes that Iran is refusing to make.

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