France tries to save Iran deal

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French President Emmanuel Macron (R) is interviewed on prime time at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, 15 October 2017.

France tries to save Iran deal


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French President Emmanuel Macron is considering to visit Iran in an effort to salvage the 2015 nuclear agreement which United States Donald Trump has threatened to rip up.

“Everything that’s possible” should be done to save the Iran nuclear deal, Defence Minister Florence Parly told CNews in a televised interview on October 15.

As reported by Bloomberg, this is in keeping with comments by France’s Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian published by Agence France-Presse on October 14. France hopes that the US Congress will not jeopardize a “good agreement” because curtailing it would provoke an “infernal and very dangerous” situation, Le Drian said.

Trump disavowed the deal on October 13 by refusing to certify that the Iran is in compliance with the multinational accord to curb its nuclear programme, but stopped short of rejecting the pact.

In response to Trump, UK Prime Minister Theresa May, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Macron issued a joint statement reaffirming the commitment to the accord.

Macron, who had a call with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on October 13, discussed with him a potential trip to Iran, which would be the first by a French leader since the 1979 revolution that toppled the Shah, according to the Agence France-Presse (AFP). Le Drian will travel to Tehran over the next weeks.

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