Donald Trump has until 12 May to decide whether to restore US sanctions against Iran. This week, two important EU leaders, Macron and Merkel will meet US President to address the issue. Before May 12, the Europeans will try to convince Trump not to "tear up" the Iran nuclear deal. But despite well-advanced negotiations, nobody really knows if that will be enough to satisfy the American president. … [Read more...] about Can Macron and Merkel keep Trump from tearing up the Iran Nuclear Deal?
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French President Frances Macron arrived in Washington, DC, on Monday for a state visit and what appears to be an attempt to keep America in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or Iran nuclear deal, ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump’s pending decision to either keep or scrap it. President Trump has stated he will tear the deal up unless America’s Chinese and European allies — Russia, Britain, France, and Germany — fix the treaty’s “terrible flaws” by mid-May.“Is this agreement perfect and this JCPOA a perfect thing for our relationship with Iran? No. But for nuclear — what do you have? As a better option? I don’t see it,” Macron said Sunday during an interview with Fox News where he noted there was no “Plan B” for keeping Iran’s nuclear ambitions under control. Macron also said, “I’m not satisfied with the situation with Iran” but urged Trump not to leave the … [Read more...] about Macron to Meet with Trump in Last-Ditch Attempt to Keep U.S. in Iran Nuclear Deal
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday he had agreed with his Chinese counterpart that Moscow and Beijing would try to block any U.S. attempt to sabotage the Iran nuclear deal, Russian state news agency TASS reported. “We are against revising these agreements, we consider it very counter productive to try to reduce to zero years of international work carried out via talks between the six major powers and Iran,” TASS quoted Lavrov as saying after talks with Wang Yi, China’s top diplomat, in Beijing. “We will obstruct attempts to sabotage these agreements which were enshrined in a U.N. Security Council resolution,” Lavrov was cited as saying. (Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; Writing by Polina Nikolskaya; Editing by Andrew Osborn) … [Read more...] about Russia, China to obstruct U.S. attempt to sabotage Iran nuclear deal
GENEVA (Reuters) – The top U.N. disarmament official urged parties to the Iran nuclear deal on Monday not to abandon it, just weeks before U.S. President Donald Trump’s May 12 deadline for his European allies to agree to toughen up the terms of the agreement. “We hope that all of its participants remain fully committed to its implementation and long-term preservation,” U.N. High representative for Disarmament Affairs Izumi Nakamitsu told a U.N. nuclear non-proliferation conference, hours before Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron hold talks in Washington. (Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Catherine Evans) … [Read more...] about U.N. says calls for preservation of Iran nuclear deal
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump faces a European double bill this week as a deadline looms for deciding whether the U.S. will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, arriving back to back, will bring a unified message: Save the deal.“I don’t have any Plan B for nuclear (protections) against Iran,” Macron said Sunday on Fox News. “Let’s preserve the framework because it is better than a sort of North Korea-type situation.”Iran’s foreign minister made the point more dramatically, warning that if Trump quits the 2015 agreement Tehran may respond by resuming and intensifying its nuclear program.Javad Zarif, who helped negotiate the nuclear deal, said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” that Iran might consider “resuming at a much greater speed” its nuclear activities.“Obviously the rest of the world cannot ask us to unilaterally and one-sidedly … [Read more...] about French, German leaders will tell Trump this week not to wreck Iran nuclear deal