Mattis: Administration still weighing Iran nuke deal

Mr Macron said isolationism, withdrawal and nationalism "could be tempting" as a "temporary answer" but they "would not douse, only inflame, the fears of our citizens".

But while the "bromance" has provided plenty of material for late night TV comedy, the key question is whether Macron can translate the privileged relationship into concrete results - be it on trade, Iran or the climate.

House Democrat Adam Schiff said that Macron had offered "more of a direct contradiction of the president than I was expecting".

Macron's speech was a call to action of sorts, urging American lawmakers to defend the 21st century world order that was established after World War II and protect the planet they will bequeath to future generations.

"The United States is the one who invented this multilateralism", he said.

He gave an impassioned speech in which he reminded Congress that the U.S. "invented this multilateralism" and now needed to help preserve it.

Oil climbed Thursday morning on concerns the United States will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.

Representatives of 196 countries negotiated the climate agreement at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Macron's capital. "But we should not abandon it without having something more substantial instead". Trump announced previous year that the United States would pull out of the pact.

Mr Macron implicitly denounced Mr Trump's decision to impose steep tariffs on steel and aluminium.

"I believe in these rights and values.against the threats on the planet, science", Macron said.

The dinner was more intimate than in the past, with a smaller guest list than Barack and Michelle's state dinners, who regularly invited A-listers and Hollywood superstars.

USA and French leaders, as well as their allies, must act quickly to "write our own history and birth the future we want", he said. "I like him a lot", Trump said of Macron.

To Conan O'Brien, the interactions prompted a familiar response for Trump: "When President Emmanuel Macron greeted President Trump, he kissed Trump on both cheeks. This is a great honour and seldom allowed to be done.he will be GREAT!"

At times during the almost hour-long speech, delivered in English, he took turns playing into his friendly relationship with Trump, while nudging, forcefully at times, against their differences.

Russian Federation on Tuesday urged a United Nations nuclear disarmament forum to show its support for the "fragile" Iran nuclear accord by signing onto a statement, co-written by China, backing the deal.

"Keeping sanctions on Iran, under any name or pretext, will be unacceptable by Tehran", Velayati said, adding that making changes to encourage Trump to stay in the deal would make it "ineffective".

"There will be more discussions between the French president and the president of the US and those discussions can build on the continued implementation of the Iranian nuclear agreement". Yet he also mentioned "fake news", a point of contention between Trump and others, and warned that lies disseminated online are threatening freedoms worldwide.

The new pact would extend restrictions on its nuclear program, restrict its ballistic missile work and limit Iran's broader influence in the Middle East. "We, therefore, wish from now on to work on a new deal with Iran".

The agreement, still backed by Europe, gave Iran massive sanctions relief and the guarantee of a civilian nuclear program in return for curbs on programs that could be used to develop a nuke. Not now. Not in five years.

If Trump reaches an agreement on Iran with France and other European powers, Congress is expected to pass legislation to tweak it. Comparatively, Trump has referred to climate change as a "hoax" and has filled his cabinet with individuals who reject the notion it's a product of human activities.

From the well of the House chamber, Macron warned Congress of the consequences of a global trade war, saying the USA and French middle classes "will have to pay for it". It's the first time a president from France has addressed Congress in more than a decade, but follows a tradition of foreign leaders appearing at the US Capitol.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel faces hard talks with Trump on Friday during a visit at a time when Washington and Berlin are at odds over a range of issues from trade to Iran.

  • Salvatore Jensen