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April 22, 2018 10:44 am

France’s Macron Says He Has No ‘Plan B’ for Iran Nuclear Deal

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French President Emmanuel Macron attends a ceremony to pay tribute to Xavier Jugele one year after the French police officer was killed during a shooting incident, on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, France, April 20, 2018. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/Pool.

French President Emmanuel Macron said he has no “plan B” for the Iran nuclear deal and that the United States should stay in the agreement as long as there is no better option.

In a Fox News interview on Sunday, the day before he arrives in Washington for a three-day state visit, Macron also said the United States, France and other allies will have a “very important” role to play in rebuilding Syria after they defeat Islamic State militants.

President Donald Trump has said he wants US forces to leave Syria as quickly as possible, but Macron warned that Iran, which has been Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s most supportive ally, will overrun Syria if the countries exit too quickly.

Macron and Trump will discuss the Iran nuclear agreement at the White House on Tuesday, a senior US administration official said on Friday. They will also discuss the joint military strike on Syria this month following a suspected chemical weapons attack near Damascus, the official said.

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The 2015 deal reached between Iran, the United States and five other world powers put curbs on Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.

Trump has called it one of the worst deals ever negotiated and will decide by May 12 whether to restore US economic sanctions on Tehran, which would be a severe blow to the pact. Trump has pressured European allies to work with Washington to fix the deal.

“I don’t have any plan B,” Macron said. “Let’s present this framework because it’s better than the sort of North Korean-type situation.”

Macron said he wanted to “complete it” by addressing ballistic missiles and working to contain Iran’s influence in the region.

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