Paris to Trump: Nuclear Deal Not Meant to Solve Lebanon's Problems

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As U.S. President Donald Trump prepares to unveil a more aggressive strategy to check Iran's growing power on Friday, a French official has said that the historic nuclear deal with Tehran had not been designed to solve all of the region's problems.

"Mixing everything means risking everything," a French diplomatic source told the AFP news agency.

"The existential threat is the bomb. The nuclear deal is not meant to solve Lebanon's problems," the source added.

U.S. allies have not been convinced by the argument that the deal fell short because it left Iran free to develop ballistic missiles and sponsor proxy militias in its region.

During a White House speech at 1645 GMT, Trump is expected to declare the landmark 2015 agreement -- which curbed Iran's nuclear program in return for massive sanctions relief -- is no longer in the U.S. national interest, according to U.S. officials. He will however stop short of withdrawing from the deal, instead "decertifying" the agreement and leaving U.S. lawmakers to decide its fate.

Trump had repeatedly pledged to overturn one of his predecessor Barack Obama's crowning foreign policy achievements, deriding it as "the worst deal" and one agreed to out of "weakness."

The agreement was signed between Iran and six world powers -- Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the U.S. -- at talks coordinated by the European Union.

While the deal stalled Iran's nuclear program and thawed relations between Iran and the U.S., opponents say it also prevented efforts to challenge Iranian influence in the Middle East.

Since coming to office, Trump has faced intense lobbying from international allies and his own national security team, who argued the deal should remain in place.

In another partial climbdown, Trump is also expected to levy limited sanctions against the Revolutionary Guards, rather than inviting retaliation by designating it as a terrorist organization.

Comments 6
Thumb janoubi 13 October 2017, 10:50

The French seem not to have learned the lessons of history when Hezbollah and the Iranians terrorized Paris in the 80's with car bombings and killings.

Thumb s.o.s 13 October 2017, 13:18

The French are playing a dirty trick on Lebanon, they massively invested in Iran after the deal was signed. Total, the oil company is already active and they horrible car makers are also expecting huge returns in investment. And there are more industries involved as well. Obviously, they can't make a single penny in Lebanon and that's why they're siding with the Mullah's republic. After all, et's not forget that they harbored Khomeini during his exile....

Thumb s.o.s 13 October 2017, 20:55

I did below, lol. There’s so much at stake for France. They’d sell our mothers and fathers to make money on Lebanon’s expense. They aren’t trustworthy at all.

Thumb thepatriot 13 October 2017, 15:33

Very very true sos!

Thumb s.o.s 13 October 2017, 16:36

I could have also mentioned Airbus, LafargeHolcim....

Thumb enterprise 14 October 2017, 04:34

ماكرون قد يزور إيران قريبا تلبية لدعوة من روحاني
أعلن قصر الإليزيه أن الرئيس الفرنسي إيمانويل ماكرون يدرس التوجه إلى إيران ، تلبية لدعوة وجهها إليه الرئيس الإيراني حسن روحاني .