Paris to Trump: Nuclear Deal Not Meant to Solve Lebanon's Problemsإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
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.