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Macron: No better alternative to nuclear deal with Iran

FRANCE (OBSERVATORY) – French President Emmanuel Macron called on the United States to stay within the framework of the agreement on Iran’s nuclear program “as long as there is no better option,” adding that his country has no alternative plan for the agreement.

In an interview with Fox News on Sunday, a day before he arrived in Washington for a three-day official visit , McCron said he wanted to finalize an agreement with Iran to address the issue of ballistic missiles and to contain Iranian influence in the region.

The 2015 agreement between Iran and the United States and five other world powers puts restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for lifting the sanctions imposed on it. US President Donald Trump called it the “worst” agreed upon and pressed European allies to work with his country to,” he said.

With regard to the Syrian crisis , Macron said the United States, France and other allies would have “a very important role” in rebuilding Syria after the defeat of the Islamic state.

He warned that Iran, the most supportive ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, would control Syria if they withdrew too quickly.

A senior administration official said on Friday that Macron and Trump would discuss Iran’s nuclear deal at the White House and a joint air strike on Syria.

The French president described his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin as a “very strong person.” “I think we should never look weak when he is weak, he does not miss the opportunity,” he said. “He is obsessed with interfering in the affairs of our democracies.”

Tension between Russia and Western nations has reached unprecedented levels since the Cold War , especially after former Russian intelligence agent Sergey Scrippal was poisoned in Britain last month and after the military strikes by the United States, France and the United Kingdom on targets of the Syrian regime.