Donald Trump, France's Emmanuel Macron to discuss Iran nuclear deal next week

Lawrence Kim
April 22, 2018

Trump has threated to pull out of the landmark 2015 nuclear deal signed by the USA and other world powers and Iran.

Macron's visit - the first official state visit of Donald Trump's presidency - will focus on longstanding US-French friendship, trade and economic relations and the security partnership between the two countries, the official said.

"It is the US's and Europe's interest to prevent nuclear proliferation in a volatile region and to maintain the transatlantic partnership as a reliable and credible driving force of world politics", European lawmakers from across the political spectrum wrote in a letter to their U.S. counterparts.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which is tasked with monitoring Iran's nuclear activities, however, has repeatedly confirmed the country's full compliance with the deal.

United States disarmament ambassador Robert Wood said on Thursday that Washington had been having "intense" discussions with the three European allies ahead of the May 12 deadline, when USA sanctions against Iran will resume unless Trump issues new "waivers" to suspend them.

Iran, on its part, has maintained it will respect the agreement as long as the other nations do but will "shred" it if the US pulls out. The MPs warned that ending the deal would spell "lasting damage to our credibility as worldwide partners in negotiation, and more generally, to diplomacy as a tool to achieve peace and ensure security".

France is the United States' third largest trading partner in Europe, and averages over $1 billion in commercial transactions every day.

Zarif reiterated that European countries need to impose pressure on the United States in order to compel and encourage it to implement what it pledged under the deal, adding: "Unfortunately, it hasn't been doing that". In exchange, Iran received relief from sanctions, most of which were lifted in January 2016.

"Tehran's reaction to America's withdrawal of the deal will be unpleasant", he said in NY.

The lawmakers, largely from the UK, Germany, and France wrote an open letter to U.S. Congress urging to make Trump sign the waiver.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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