French President Emmanuel Macron and President Donald Trump called for a “new deal” on Iran’s nuclear weapons program Tuesday; sending a clear message to Tehran that France and the United States are serious in forging a new agreement with the Islamic Republic.
The two leaders spoke with reporters following a joint press conference at the White House, with Macron confirming that his government is willing to renegotiate the nuclear agreement alongside the Trump administration.
“I can say that we have had very frank discussions on that, just the two of us,” said Macron. “We, therefore, wish from now on to work on a new deal with Iran.”
“I think we will have a great shot at doing a much bigger, maybe, deal,” said Trump.
The remarks come just one day after Iran’s foreign minister claimed there was no “Plan B” should the United States decide to withdraw from the agreement.
Watch the French President’s comments above.
IRAN DEAL SURVIVES: President Trump Keeps Iran Nuke Deal...For Now
The Trump White House announced Friday its decision to waive renewed sanctions on Iran’s hardline regime, effectively extending the Obama-era Iranian nuclear deal for at least several months with officials warning it will be the “last waiver” issued.
Despite the agreement’s extension, the Treasury Department announced a variety of new sanctions against Tehran, specifically targeting the regime’s human rights abuses and support of terror organizations.
The Trump administration also announced its intention to totally withdraw from the 2015 deal if Iran does not address those issues, adding that the President is interested in stopping Iran’s nuclear ambitions “forever,” not just “for ten years.”
“This would not entail direct negotiations with the Iranians, but would be something the U.S. works out with European partners only,” a White House official told Fox News.
“The United States will not stand by while the Iranian regime continues to engage in human rights abuses and injustice. We are targeting the Iranian regime, including the head of Iran’s judiciary, for its appalling mistreatment of its citizens, including those imprisoned solely for exercising their right to freedom of peaceful assembly, and for censoring its own people as they stand up in protest against their government,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Friday.
IRAN ON EDGE: Tehran ARRESTS THOUSANDS as Regime Hangs On
An Iranian lawmaker publicly announced Thursday that the hardline Islamic regime has detained over 3,700 protesters and demonstrators –many of them students- in an attempt to quash the nationwide riots that stunned leaders in Tehran, reports Fox News.
The demonstrations, mostly due to stagnant wages and low employment opportunities for Iranian youth, have rocked the country for nearly two weeks. The protests are the largest seen in Iran since 2009’s “Twitter Revolution” or “Green Movement.”
At least 21 people have been killed in the chaos.
While Iranian authorities insist the demonstrations are coming to an end, the protests continue in towns and cities across the Islamic Republic.
President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed their support towards the demonstrators, saying Iran was “finally” fighting for freedom against the oppressive regime.
“The people of Iran are finally acting against the brutal and corrupt Iranian regime,” Trump tweeted. “All of the money that President Obama so foolishly gave them went into terrorism and into their ‘pockets.’ The people have little food, big inflation and no human rights. The U.S. is watching!”