Macron and other european leaders pledge to salvage iran deal – kifi natural electricity examples

A day after US President Donald Trump announced he was quitting the pact, putting him on a collision course with some of the US’ closest allies, Macron spoke with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani by telephone as attempts to salvage the deal began in earnest.

According to an Élysée Palace readout of the call, Macron urged Iran to "engage in a wide discussion with all parties involved" on topics including the country’s nuclear program after 2025, its ballistic missiles and its actions across the Middle East.

"The American logic is an isolationist, protectionist and unilateral logic," Le Drian told French radio station RTL. "This is a break with international commitment and France deeply regrets this decision. We will bring businesses together in the coming days to try and preserve them as much as possible from the US measures."

Representatives from France, the UK and Germany — key signatories to the six-nation negotiating group that brokered the 2015 Obama-era Iran deal — would meet with their Iranian counterparts on Monday and were committed to preserving the agreement, Le Drian said.

Trump said the "decaying and rotten" agreement would not prevent Iran from building a nuclear bomb, and railed against the fact that it didn’t address Iran’s development of ballistic missiles or its support for US-designated terrorist groups in the Middle East.

Sources at the Élysée Palace told CNN that Iran’s President had been open to the idea of a broader deal before Trump’s announcement. The question now, the sources said, was whether Rouhani remains receptive now Trump has quit the pact. Iran did not respond to a CNN request for comment. Merkel, May pledge to uphold deal

UK Prime Minister Theresa May echoed her European counterparts Wednesday, telling Parliament that the pact was "an important step forward in helping to keep the world safe" and that she had made clear to Trump "in a number of conversations" that the deal should stay in place.

May conceded there were other issues related to Iran that needed to be addressed, including "ballistic missiles, the question of what would happen at the sunset clause at the end of the nuclear deal, and the destabilizing activity of Iran in the region. Those are issues that need to be addressed and we are working with our European and other allies to do just that."

Trump’s decision sparked anger in Tehran, where Iranian lawmakers burned printouts of the American flag and the Iran deal in parliament Wednesday. The lawmakers were set to vote on a motion that would call for a "proportionate and reciprocal action" against the US for leaving the JCPOA, semi-official Mehr News Agency reported.

President Rouhani said Iran would take a few weeks to decide how to respond to the US withdrawal, but ordered the country’s "atomic industry organization" to be prepared to "start our industrial (uranium) enrichment without limitations." He said Iran would abide by its commitments while it consults with the other signatories to the JPCOA.

"Last night you heard the shallow statements Trump made. There were several lies in his speech. He threatened the Iranian govt. and the Iranian nation, claiming he would do one thing or another. On behalf of Iranian nation: ‘Mr. Trump, you couldn’t lift a finger if you tried,’" Khamenei tweeted in English on Wednesday.

In an earlier tweet Khamenei said: "I don’t trust these three EU countries either. If the govt. wants to make a contract, they should ask for a guarantee, or else they will all do just as the U.S. did. If there’s not definite guarantee, the #JCPOA cannot continue."

Khalid bin Salman, the Saudi ambassador to the US and brother of the Crown Prince, wrote on Twitter that his country "fully supports" Trump’s decision and added that "we always had reservations with regards to sunset clauses, ballistic missiles program, and Iran’s support for terrorism in the region."