PRESIDENT Donald Trump branded the three-year-old Iran nuclear deal “insane” and “ridiculous” at a meeting with the French President Emmanuel Macron today and said Iran will have ‘bigger problems’ if they restart its nuclear program.
Under the agreement, which was made by President Barack Obama, Iran has curbed its nuclear program in exchange for relief from international sanctions.
Mr Trump has described the agreement as “the worst deal in history”, but the rest of the world is concerned that scrapping the deal would see Iran developing the world’s most terrifying weapons.
The US President, who thinks the Iran agreement is too lenient and tougher sanctions should be imposed on the county, has warned Iran against resuming the nuclear programme it agreed to curb in a 2015 international deal.
Mr Trump said: “It was insane. Ridiculous. It should have never been made. But we will be talking about it.
“I know the president wants to speak to me about that.
“If they restart their nuclear program, they will have bigger problems than they’ve ever had before.”
Mr Macron, who is in Washington lobbying Mr Trump to keep the pact, said: “The Iran deal is an important issue. We will be talking about that.
“But we have to take it as part of the broader picture, which is security in the overall region.”
The US President said he and Mr Macron talked about not giving Iran open season in the Middle East.
Mr Macron said he believes discussions with Mr Trump make it possible to forge a new agreement on Iran.
Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel will go to the US at the end of this week to urge Mr Trump to keep the Iran agreement.
Mr Trump has set a deadline of May 12 to “fix” the Iran agreement or walk away from it.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said: “It is essential to maintain it to avoid proliferation. In this period when we see the risks with North Korea, we must maintain this line.”
Relations between Iran and the US have plummeted since Trump took office at the start of last year.
The international pact between Iran, the UK, US, Russia, France, China, and Germany was agreed in 2015 and aims to limit Tehran’s nuclear power.
Iran, along with Russia, is supportive of the Assad regime and threatened the West with retaliation after they took military action in Syria.
Mr Trump also said at the meeting with President Macron: “It just seems that no matter where you go in the Middle East, wherever you go, Iran is behind it.
“We made this terrible deal, but we will be discussing it.”
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