Pompeo wants to sabotage JCPOA Iran nuclear deal. For Israel? Pompeo visits Saudi Arabia





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Published on Apr 29, 2018

This episode of The Debate discusses the new US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo's visit to Saudi Arabia.
In this edition of The Debate, Press TV has conducted an interview with Tony Gosling, an investigative journalist from London, and Richard Millett, a journalist and political commentator from London, to discuss the new US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo's visit to Saudi Arabia.

Emmanuel Macron turns to Iran to propose widening nuclear deal as Trump wavers


Mr Macron suggested that the deal could be widened in what appears to be an attempt to prevent Mr Trump scrapping the agreement

Julie Allen  29 APRIL 2018 • 6:33 PM

Emmanuel Macron and President Hassan Rouhani of Iran on Sunday night agreed to work together to preserver the Iran nuclear deal, in a marked signal to the US. 

Less than a week after the French president implored the White House to stick with the agreement during a state visit to the Washington, Mr Macron suggested that the deal could be widened.

In what appears to be the latest attempt to prevent Donald Trump scrapping the agreement, the Elysee Palace said Mr Macron proposed in an hour-long phone call with Tehran that discussions should close loop holes in the deal, which have angered the US president.

The Elysee said that Mr Macron raised "three additional, indispensable subjects" not covered by the current deal with Mr Rouhani, citing Tehran's ballistic missile programmes, its nuclear activities beyond 2025 and Iran's destabilising influence in the Middle East.

It comes after the UK, France and Germany jointly reaffirmed their commitment on Sunday to sticking with the deal, but said that there were "important elements that the deal does not cover, but which we need to address".

Mr Pompeo warned over the Iran deal during a visit to Saudi Arabia on a tour of the Middle East CREDIT: AMR NABIL/AP

Mr Macron's intervention came after Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, called Iran "the greatest sponsor of terrorism in the world," on Sunday in a further signal that America intends to pull out of the nuclear deal.

Speaking at a press conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, during his first visit to the Middle East since being sworn in last week, Mr Pompeo struck a hawkish tone as Donald Trump’s deadline for a decision on the deal looms on May 12th.

However, he offered hope of some compromise to the UK, France and Germany. “We will continue to work with our European allies to fix that deal. But if a deal cannot be reached, the president has said that he will leave that deal," Mr  Pompeo said.

But he added: "Unlike the prior administration, we will not neglect the vast scope of Iran’s terrorism. It is indeed the greatest sponsor of terrorism in the world. In fact, Iran has only behaved worse since the deal was approved. Iran detabilises this entire region."

Downing Street on Sunday announced Theresa May has had separate discussions with French President Emmanuel Macron and the German Chancellor Angela Merkel over the weekend in which they solidified their stance in support of the deal.


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