News ID: 208643
Published: 1206 GMT January 23, 2018

France asks why US is pressuring Europeans on Iran deal

France asks why US is pressuring Europeans on Iran deal
Ludovic Marin/AFP

France's foreign minister expressed annoyance that the Trump administration is pressuring European allies to redesign the Iranian nuclear deal to fit US needs.

Jean-Yves Le Drian was bracing for tense discussions in Paris on Tuesday with visiting US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Speaking to reporters ahead of the meeting, Le Drian said he would underline France's firm commitment to the 2015 accord, AP reported.

Le Drian questioned why the Trump administration is "kicking the ball back to Congress and the Europeans," when Russia and China also signed the deal.

Trump has threatened to abandon the deal this spring unless it is fixed to his liking, and Tillerson is in Europe this week seeking support for tough new penalties against Iran that could prevent a US withdrawal.

   
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