Published: Fri, April 27, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Russian Federation rejects any prospect for changes, additions to Iran nuclear deal

Russian Federation rejects any prospect for changes, additions to Iran nuclear deal

He was responding to statements in Washington by French President Emmanuel Macron and his United States counterpart Donald Trump, in which they proposed a new deal with tougher restrictions on Iran.

"In light of Kim's family and himself breaking every worldwide treaty, every agreement, they've ever made" - whether with South Korea or the United States - "I'm less concerned with that ripple effect right now", Mattis said.

The main topic of his discussions with Trump was the pact to freeze Iran's nuclear program, which the USA president has threatened to scrap but France wants to keep in force.

As Macron prepared to leave Washington on Wednesday evening, he was not optimistic that his attempts at persuasion had succeeded.

Mr Macron also touched on the fight to prevent Iran from developing nuclear powers, saying he is determined to ensure this does not happen. "The nuclear deal is the nuclear deal".

But Mr. Macron made clear Wednesday that Paris believed the accord should not be dumped before diplomats can fashion a better agreement.


The public intimacy between the two men - including Trump's out-of-nowhere comment about Macron's dandruff - drew some online ridicule.

A day after the French leader had put on a show of warmth and brotherly affection for Mr Trump at the White House, his blunt speech reinforced the French leader's emerging role as a top defender of the liberal world order.

Macron's comments signal his inability to change Trump's mind about the deal during his USA visit.

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Thursday emphasized the value of certain aspects of the Iran nuclear agreement, even as US President Donald Trump considers pulling out of the 2015 deal, which he has attacked repeatedly and this week called "insane".

"You can play with fears and angers for a time, but they do not construct anything", he said in an apparent reference to Mr Trump's isolationist policy that helped him win the 2016 USA election. You say that a very bad agreement was signed; why did your predecessor not understand this?

Elsewhere in her remarks, Zakharova announced an unscheduled meeting of the foreign ministers of Russia, Iran and Turkey in Moscow on April 28, saying the three states - which are cooperating in a peace process on Syria - will exchange views on "including the worsening situation around the implementation of the JCPOA", among other issues.


"We are killing our planet", he said. "But we are going to follow the USA government's lead and we have ensured that.we are not dependent on those aircraft", he said.

"It is together that we can resist the rise of aggressive nationalisms that deny our history and divide the world", Macron said in French, according to a translation. "We should follow them", the visiting president said.

On terrorism, the French leader praised joint efforts to combat extremism and lamented the multiple attacks in the USA and Europe over the past five years, which he called a "horrific price to pay for freedom and democracy". "Let us not be naive on one side. let us not create new wars on the other side".

Adelman said Macron did well in his speech, and that he thinks the most likely path forward is a supplemental agreement to the original nuclear deal.

"He is doing a great job. he will be a great President of France", he said.

The Trump administration pulled the United States out of the accords reduce emissions and greenhouse gases previous year saying the restrictions unfairly hurt American businesses and placed them at a disadvantage.


Macron's spotlight-grabbing, ceremonial state visit is likely to contrast with German Chancellor Angela Merkel's lower-profile working visit to Washington on Friday.

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