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

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 22, 2018

French President Emmanuel Macron hopes an oak sapling that he will give his American counterpart Donald Trump next week will be planted at the White House as a symbol of lasting friendship, he told Fox News on Friday.

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal was signed in 2015 between Tehran and six world powers, including the US.

Macron will arrive on Monday for a three-day state visit and Trump and First Lady Melania are throwing a red carpet to welcome the French president.

Iran has threatened to withdraw from the deal if it can not receive economic benefits.

However the Trump administration argues that Iran's support for Syrian dictator Bashar Al-Assad, Yemen's Houthis and Lebanon's Hezbollah, alongside its massive missile arsenal, shows it has disregarded the deal's intention for the country to become a peaceful regional power.

He also said, "When the system takes a decision, we will be ready like an army to move".

French leader says he is not going to judge his USA counterpart.

The official noted that "the work is not quite done yet" on making fixes to the deal that Trump has demanded, but said this will be an opportunity for Trump and Macron to have further discussions.

"These would include Iran's malign influence in the region; and also France's leading role in the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and in global counterterrorism operations more generally, including in the Sahel, where France takes the leading role", the official said.

The tour would celebrate the "close and continuing" ties between the two countries, which have been a strong and reliable ally to each other.

Asked if he was concerned that Trump may not serve his full term in office, Macron said: "I never wonder that".

Paraphrasing, Europe and the United States would no longer share the same perception of "interest" is Washington was to withdraw.

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