German FM Maas heading to Tehran next week ‘to salvage nuclear deal’
Jun 07 2019
U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from the accord past year and reinstated sanctions against Tehran, saying the agreement failed to sufficiently curb Iran's ability to develop nuclear weapons or halt its support for groups that the U.S. says destabilize the Middle East.
Macron and Trump both stressed they do not want Iran to obtain nuclear weapons.
He said relations with the Middle Eastern nation had improved since he came to power in 2016, and that Obama's "terrible deal" had allowed the state to become a "terrorist nation" during his time in the White House.
'Iran was a place that was very hostile when I came into office.
"I understand they want to talk and that's fine, we'll talk".
Iran and the United States have been drawn into starker confrontation in the past month, a year after Washington pulled out of a deal between Iran and global powers to curb Tehran's nuclear program in return for lifting worldwide sanctions. "They were a terrorist nation-No".
"We'll talk but the one thing that they can't have is they can't have nuclear weapons", he added.
'Obama did a bad deal because it was a short-term deal.
Asked if he believed military action would be needed against Tehran, he said, "There's always a chance".
The pause on Iran's nuclear program is over and they are working on an "arsenal of nuclear bombs", according to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Times of Israel reported Thursday.
And while the Trump administration is ramping up pressure on Tehran, both China and Russian Federation have restated their support for the under-pressure state.
The two leaders tried to sidestep their feud over the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers which the U.S. exited unilaterally a year ago, despite efforts in Europe to salvage the agreement.
Following attacks on trade ships in the Gulf last month, the United States said it had detected a "credible threat" by Iran and deployed an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf, raising fears of a direct conflict.
Trump has previously warned that Tehran would "suffer greatly" if it enraged Washington, predicting a "bad problem for Iran if something happens".
The US has also blamed Iran, without providing evidence, for "attacks" that damaged four oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates last month.
Bilateral ties between the United States and Iran have been deteriorating since the USA withdrew from Iran nuclear deal, which Trump labeled "flawed at its core" on 8 May 2018.