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French foreign minister: Iran deal 'not dead,' Macron to contact Rouhani

  • Published at 07:11 am May 9th, 2018
Jean-Yves Le Drian
File Photo: French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian speaks during a meeting with his counterpart Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri in Cairo, Egypt April 29, 2018

‘The deal is not dead. There’s an American withdrawal from the deal but the deal is still there’

France’s foreign minister said on Wednesday that the 2015 nuclear restraint deal with Iran was “not dead” despite Donald Trump’s decision to pull the United States out from the agreement, and added that French President Emmanuel Macron would speak later in the day to Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani.

“The deal is not dead. There’s an American withdrawal from the deal but the deal is still there,” the minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, told French radio station RTL.

Le Drian’s views were echoed by those of French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, who also told French radio that Trump’s decision on Iran was a mistake and that the United States should not consider itself as the world’s “economic policeman.”

Le Drian said France, like others, was well aware that there were concerns about issues other than nuclear capability, namely topics such as Iran’s ballistic weapons program, but added they too could be addressed without ditching the nuclear deal.

Le Drian, interviewed just hours after the announcement by Trump, said Macron’s contact with Rouhani would be followed by meetings next week, probably on Monday, involving the Iranians and European counterparts from France, Britain and Germany.

Le Drian also told RTL radio that meetings would also be held with the likes of oil giant Total and others with major business and economic stakes in the region.

“Yes, there is a real risk of confrontation,” he told RTL, regarding Trump’s decision on Iran.

“I hope it will not be a setback for peace,” he added.

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