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US, French presidents call for changes to Iran nuclear deal

Press TV – April 24, 2018

The US and French presidents have called for major changes to Iran’s nuclear deal, despite Tehran’s repeated assertions that the agreement is non-negotiable.

“I can say that we have had very frank discussions on that, just the two of us,” French President Emmanuel Macron told a joint press conference with his US counterpart Donald Trump in Washington on Tuesday.

“We, therefore, wish from now on to work on a new deal with Iran,” he added.

When asked to clarify if he meant a new accord or an add-on agreement, Macron said, “I am not saying that we move from one agreement to another.”

Macron noted that a new deal should incorporate three additional elements, including Iran’s ballistic missile program, the Islamic Republic’s regional influence and what happens after 2025 when Tehran will restart part of its nuclear program under the accord.

The French president described the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), only as the “first pillar” of a wider final agreement.

Macron’s statements came despite the initial speculations that his visit to Washington was aimed at convincing Trump not to pull out of the accord.

Trump, who currently faces a May 12 deadline to announce his final position on the Iran deal, said, “I think we will have a great shot at doing a much bigger, maybe, deal,” claiming that any new deal will be based on “solid foundations.”

“This is a deal with decayed foundations. It is a bad deal, it is a bad structure. It is falling down,” he said, noting that he will announce his decision on May 12.

While Iran has repeatedly warned that it will resume its enrichment activities if the US withdraws from the deal, Trump said, “They are not going to be restarting anything. If they restart it, they are going to have big problems, bigger than they ever had before. And you can mark it down.”

On Tuesday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani once again warned the US against violating the 2015 nuclear deal, saying any failure to respect the multinational agreement would have “grave consequences.”

Iran has stressed that European signatories to the JCPOA should convince Trump not to pull out of the deal, because there is no alternative to the accord.

Trump has repeatedly threatened to pull out of the historical agreement, which was struck between the Islamic Republic and the P5+1 group of countries, including Washington itself.

The deal removed nuclear-related sanctions against Tehran, which, in turn, changed some aspects of its nuclear energy program. All other signatories have warned the US against quitting the deal.

Trump has said unless the European parties “fix the terrible flaws” of the accord by May 12, Washington would withdraw from the deal.

Amid Trump’s threats, other parties have stepped up diplomatic efforts to save the deal.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will also visit the White House later this week to discuss the issue.

Russia and China have also issued a draft statement, calling on the UN member states to express their “unwavering support” for Iran’s nuclear agreement amid the US efforts to scrap the deal.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday he had agreed with his Chinese counterpart that Moscow and Beijing would try to block any US attempt to sabotage the nuclear deal.

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6 Comments »

  1. “We, therefore, wish from now on to work on a new deal with Iran,” he added.

    The USA and Iran signed the original deal, and Iran has complied with the deal. It’s quite clear that Israel is unhappy with the deal and are pressuring the USA to get at better deal, for ISRAEL. The French have come on board to give it extra ‘credence’.
    Trump should know better, that a deal is a deal, and cannot and should not be unilaterally altered and imposed on Iran.
    The USA’s credibility(or, what’s left of it) is on the line here, and any ‘huffing and puffing’ by Trump, menacing Iran with military consequences, shows him, and the USA up as the bullies they are.
    Don’t forget ALL the Bluff and Bluster by the USA towards Vietnam, before the USA was “kicked out” of that country, totally humiliated.

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | April 24, 2018 | Reply

    • It’s entirely likely that Israel and the US never intended to have the agreement honored by both sides. That would explain Obama stalling the implementation for such a long time.

      They feel free to demand that Iran continues to abide by its “obligations” while they continue to bully the world into isolating Iran.

      Comment by aletho | April 24, 2018 | Reply

      • “Like”

        Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | April 24, 2018 | Reply

  2. Since the independence of the USA it has renegued on any peace treaty, truce or armistice that it has participated in. It has no respect for other people or for international law.

    It has proved itself a rogue state that cannot be trusted or believed politically or diplomatically.

    Comment by Robert Campbell | April 24, 2018 | Reply

  3. The international community should not give a toss what Trump and Moron think about a ‘new-deal’ for the sovereign and peaceful nation of Iran. This pair of Israel’s-whores should be more concerned about Israeli nukes than ‘trumpeting’ about any fictitious, non-existent, hypothetical WMD’s in Iran. Besides, Iran would have to be idiotic to surrender their defence capabilities – after all, look what happens to countries (Iraq, Libya, et al) as soon as their weakness’ are exposed. One can be sure that Iran’s exploitable weakness’ are being monitored around the clock, every day by the FUKUS trio and Israel.

    Comment by hotrod31 | April 24, 2018 | Reply

  4. Hang tough, Iran, along with Russia, China and other proponents of honoring a solemn agreement. I recall opining, at its implementation, that Iran was overly generous in accepting some of the obligations imposed on it–obligations that came close to impinging on its national sovereignty.

    If pushed, surely Iran can counter that the US has not met sanctions-relief requirements with anything approaching integrity. Also, Iran can make a big deal out of the (continuing) hypocrisy of the Zionist entity’s nuclear stockpiles in the region and re-ignite its call for a nuclear-free Middle East.

    Comment by roberthstiver | April 25, 2018 | Reply


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