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Trump did not tell Macron about his decision on Iran deal— Elysee Palace

May 08, 19:56 UTC+3

New York Times has also reported that Trump plans to reinstate all sanctions against Iran that were lifted earlier and impose new restrictions

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PARIS, May 8. /TASS/. US President Donald Trump did not inform President Emmanuel Macron during their telephone conversation on Tuesday what decision he intends to make regarding the nuclear deal with Iran, according to a statement released by the Elysee Palace.

"Trump did not tell Macron his decision on the agreement on Iran's nuclear program," the French president's administration said.

"The conversation concerned the global situation on the Middle East," the administration added.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Elysee Palace issued a brief statement that French President Emmanuel Macron and US President Donald Trump discussed the Middle East issues in a telephone conversation.

"The President of the French Republic held a telephone conversation with President Donald Trump. The two presidents discussed issues related to the maintenance of peace and stability in the Middle East," the statement said.

On Tuesday, Trump on Tuesday is expected to announce the resumption of US sanctions against Iran as the first step in Washington's exit from a nuclear deal with Tehran.

In particular, New York Times reported that Trump plans to reinstate all sanctions against Iran that were lifted earlier and impose new economic sanctions.

The newspaper also wrote Trump told Macron that he plans to announce the withdrawal of the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal. The newspaper referred to a person briefed about the conversation of the two presidents.

Iran nuclear deal issue

In 2015, Iran and six major powers (five member states of the United Nations Security Council - Russia, the United States, France, the United Kingdom and China - and Germany) agreed on the final Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) for the Iranian nuclear program, which particularly stipulates the removal of sanctions imposed on Tehran over its nuclear program.

US President Donald Trump has many times criticized the deal accusing Iran of violating it. He particularly said that it was "one of the most incompetently drawn deals" that he had ever seen.

On January 12, Trump stated that the United States may withdraw from the deal unless it was amended. In late April, a US administration official said that Washington, Paris, Berlin and London had made progress in talks on amending the deal but no final decision had been taken.

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