United Nations chief says Iran nuclear deal must be preserved
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 27, 2018,
Apr 27, 2018, 1:18
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.
On Tuesday evening, the Trumps are to host the Macrons at the first state dinner conducted by Trump since he took power in January, 2017.
Mr Macron's speech was greeted with repeated standing ovations from members of Congress - including Republicans.
Macron later tried to sound more in tune with the European Union in an address to US Congress on Wednesday, appealing to the country's leaders to preserve the Iran deal and remain part of the global community. "You're the ones now who have to help to preserve and reinvent it", he said, in a tacit nod to Trump's efforts to shake off global shackles.
Trump has said that unless European allies fix the "terrible flaws" in the Iran nuclear deal by May 12, he will refuse to extend us sanctions relief on oil-producing Iran.
French President Emmanuel Macron extolled the Franco-American relationship on multiple fronts but issued a stern warning about the need to address climate change during his address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday.
The accord lifted Iran's nuclear-related sanctions in exchange for Tehran limiting certain aspects of its nuclear program.
In an interview with Morning Edition, Hook detailed the US diplomatic strategy as a deadline nears for action. "What is the meaning of our life, really, if we work and live destroying the planet, while sacrificing the future of our children?"
"We wrote these rules", he said. Trump has long railed against the deal signed during the Obama administration.
Mr Macron said such policies were a threat to global prosperity.
The president also praised Macron for his leadership. "This is a great honor and seldom allowed to be done.he will be GREAT!"
Richard Nephew, a former White House Iran sanctions expert, said there were disagreements among the Europeans on that.
Macron's visit also included efforts to convince Trump to exempt Europe from steel tariffs and convince the United States to maintain its military presence in Syria.
With their president in an apparent state of flux, USA officials gave mixed messages on the U.S. position on the JCPOA on Wednesday.
If the Iran deal continues, expect the weapons sales to continue, a bonanza for the Kremlin and Tehran, and a nightmare for Israel and American aircraft operating in the region.
Together with Trump, Macron called Tuesday for a more comprehensive "new" deal with Tehran but made clear to lawmakers that France would not be walking away from the existing accord.
Trump said key flaws in the agreement are the failure to address ballistic missiles and Iran's activities in Yemen and Syria.
Tehran has said that if the nuclear deal falls through, it will also quit the worldwide Non-Proliferation Treaty. Not now. Not in five years.
The French president received a warm, three-minute standing ovation from USA lawmakers before delivering - in English - a rare address to Congress, which he hailed as a "sanctuary of democracy". The last foreign leader to address a joint meeting was Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2016.