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French, German leaders to tell Trump not to wreck the Iran nuclear deal

Tribune Washington Bureau
April 22. 2018 9:12PM



WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump faces a European double bill this week as a deadline looms for deciding whether the U.S. will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, arriving back to back, will bring a unified message: Save the deal.

“I don't have any Plan B for nuclear (protections) against Iran,” Macron said Sunday on Fox News. “Let's preserve the framework because it is better than a sort of North Korea-type situation.”

Iran's foreign minister made the point more dramatically, warning that if Trump quits the 2015 agreement Tehran may respond by resuming and intensifying its nuclear program.

Javad Zarif, who helped negotiate the nuclear deal, said on CBS' “Face the Nation” that Iran might consider “resuming at a much greater speed” its nuclear activities.

“Obviously the rest of the world cannot ask us to unilaterally and one-sidedly implement a deal that has already been broken,” Zarif said.


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