According to a person briefed on Tuesday’s conversation, the US is preparing to reinstate all sanctions it had waived as part of the nuclear accord (JCPOA), in addition to imposing additional economic penalties as well, The New York Times reported.
In a tweet on Monday, Trump said he will announce whether Washington will pull out of the Iran nuclear deal on Tuesday afternoon. Trump has threatened to withdraw from the nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). It was signed between Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council – the United States, France, Britain, Russia and China – plus Germany in July 2015, Presstv Reported.
This is while, Macron has warned that a possible US withdrawal from Iran's nuclear deal could lead to a war.
"I do not believe that Donald Trump wants war," Macron said on Friday. “My view — I do not know what your president will decide — is that he will get rid of this deal on his own, for domestic reasons."
Iran agreed under the deal with the US, the UK, France, Russia, China and Germany to limit parts of its peaceful nuclear program in exchange for removal of all nuclear-related sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
However, Trump thinks that the JCPOA, achieved under his predecessor Barack Obama, is flawed and needs to be “fixed” or otherwise scrapped in its entirety.
In the run-up to the presidential election, he repeatedly slammed the deal. The anti-Iran rhetoric continued after Trump was elected as US president and received Israel's support.
A few months later, in January 2018, Trump gave an ultimatum to Washington's European allies to re-negotiate a better deal that would include Iran’s ballistic missile program as well as its regional influence otherwise he will withdraw.
In March, Trump fired his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson after reports emerged that the two disagreed about a variety of issues including the Iran nuclear deal. He replaced him with more hard-liner Mike Pompeo.
European leaders have time and again voiced opposition to the US withdrawal from the historic accord. In weeks leading up to the May 12 deadline, top European leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Macron and UK Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Boris Johnson went to Washington to discourage Trump from pulling out of the historic accord.
In a statement on Tuesday, the Elysee Palace said only that Trump and Macron "discussed matters relating to peace and stability in the Middle East," with no specific mention of the Iran deal.