Trump warns Iran against restarting nuclear program
Apr 29 2018 by Lorena Waters
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who visited NY on Sunday, also called on European leaders to back the accord.
The Diplomacy Works think tank, created by former secretary of state John Kerry, saidMacron appeared confident a side deal might keep the USA in the original accord "by building on its successes with supplemental agreements that address broader Iran activities".
Trump set a deadline of May 12 to determine the fate of the current Iran deal. "No matter the decision now that President Trump will take, I would like us to work as from now on a new deal with four pillars, including what is already covered by the JCPOA".
Macron said the agreement should impose tougher terms on Iran including a settlement in Syria, where it backs President Bashar al Assad.
Keeping the USA in the agreement reached during the Obama administration has been a priority for Macron and European leaders ahead of a May 12 deadline for Trump to continue to waive American sanctions that were lifted as part of the deal. "And I'm sure we can work together to fulfil with you the ambitions of the global compact on the environment", said Macron.
Pompeo spoke at a news conference after a day of meetings with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation foreign ministers, including a session with his counterparts from Britain, France and Germany - the European architects of the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement, called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
"There's been no decision made".
Saudi Arabia's foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, in a quick reaction to Trump's statement during press briefing along with Macron, said Qatar must pay for the USA military presence in Syria if it wants to sustain Washington's support.
In his address, he noted that the nuclear agreement needs to curb Iran's uranium enrichment program, restrict their ballistic missile programs, and prevent Iran's meddling in other Middle Eastern affairs. Washington's or Trump's main grouse against the deal stems from the fact that the nuclear programme restrictions are not permanent and apply specifically to the next seven years. "And it won't be a pleasant response for them", Zarif reiterated.
In Geneva on the same day, the assistant secretary for worldwide security, Christopher Ford, said: "We are not aiming to renegotiate the JCPOA or reopen it or change its terms", seemingly in clear contradiction of multiple presidential statements.
The others would address the period after 2025, when certain clauses concerning nuclear activities will sunset; Tehran's highly controversial ballistic missile program; and its "destabilizing" role in the region. "It's not about tearing apart an agreement but building something new that will cover all of our concerns". "And you can mark it down", Trump said.
Trump also appointed several members of his cabinet who oppose the nuclear deal, including Mike Pompeo, the incoming secretary of state, and John Bolton, the national security adviser. "But I wanted us to agree upon a positive agenda. the Iran nuclear deal will be complied with and defended by France and the European Union".
"We're ready for every scenario", Ali Akbar Salehi told reporters on the sidelines of an event in Tehran on April 21.
"We are surrounded today with images, portraits and symbols which remind us that France has participated with heart in hand in the story of this great nation from the very beginning", Mr. Macron said.
An Iranian deputy foreign minister also dismissed the notion that Tehran is desperate enough to remain committed to the nuclear deal under any and all circumstances.