European powers say nearing plan to save Iran nuclear pact

27 April, 2018, 01:15 | Author: Donnie King
  • European powers say nearing plan to save Iran nuclear pact

Asked by French reporters about his comments Macron said he didn't expect Trump to rejoin the Paris accord but did expect that America will.

He recalled how the United States and France have fought "shoulder to shoulder in many battles" over the years and insisted the two countries have a shared common vision of the "universal ideals of liberty, tolerance and equal rights".

Macron defended his strategy of befriending Trump even as other leaders see him as a danger to the worldwide world order.

He said: "We had a fantastic time and much more importantly we accomplished a lot". But he added that fear and anger "do not construct anything".

With a nod to great American leaders, including former President Franklin Roosevelt, he warned against withdrawing from the world in fear. "We'll see also if I do what some people expect, whether or not it will be possible to do a new deal with solid foundations".

However, the bulk of Mr Macron's speech pushed against the US President's messages of isolationism and nationalism. Some would say the same in relation to his three-day visit to the US.

"Today, the worldwide community needs to step up our game and build the 21st century world order", he said.

The French president's pomp-filled, three-day visit was not welcomed by one long-time critic of USA foreign policy, Oliver Stone, who happened to be in Tehran for a film festival yesterday.

The Pentagon chief said the administration was still considering whether the nuclear deal can be improved enough to persuade Trump it is worth preserving.

"It is together that we will counter the proliferation in weapons of mass destruction, whether it is in North Korea or in Iran", Macron said.

Pressed further on his assertion that he believes Mr. Trump will pull out of the deal, Macron said, "I think so".

On terrorism, the French leader praised joint efforts to combat extremism and lamented the multiple attacks in the USA and Europe over the past five years, which he called a "horrific price to pay for freedom and democracy".




European Union leaders have urged the US President to remain in the Iran deal, which Trump has branded as the "worst deal ever" sparking World War 3 fears.

Trump called the Iran agreement a "terrible deal" that was "insane" and "ridiculous" because it did not deal with ballistic missiles or Iran's involvement in conflicts such as those in Yemen or Syria. "Let us face it". To some, it was an ironic reminder that more than a year after being walloped by Trump in the election, Democrats have yet to coalesce behind either a cohesive message or a messenger, still plaintively searching for the kind of energetic, fresh-faced leader that Macron represents.

"I'm not saying we're moving from one deal to another, I'm saying its one aspect of the problem", Macron said. "It may happen, like in all families", he said - but such differences would be short-term.

"I'm convinced that if we decide to open our eyes wider, we will be stronger, we will overcome the dangers, we will not let the rampaging work of extreme nationalism shake a world full of hopes for greater prosperity", he said.

"He understands where I am coming from with respect to Iran".

Trump said past year that his country would withdraw from the accord, which aims to reduce damaging emissions and was signed by nearly 200 countries. Like Macron, their biggest challenge is the absence of any guarantee that Trump will accept the result.

"Without reason, without truth, there is no real democracy", he said.

"This agreement may not address all concerns", Macron said.

He also warned against "terrorist propaganda that spreads its fanaticism on the Internet".

Mr Trump and Mr Macron donned tuxedos and greeted each other with a traditional French two-cheek kiss before heading with their wives for a lavish state dinner on Wednesday.

In an apparent reference to his friendly meetings this week with Trump, he said, "It can remind you of something".

"President Macron thanked the president and the First Lady for the wonderful state visit, the first of the Trump presidency".

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