The controversial Iran deal is currently at the centre of debate regarding whether or not it will be able to remain in place in the future, with its survival seemingly hinging on European intervention on President Trump’s proposal to withdraw from it next month.
In the case that there are no surprise visits from other world leaders, Germany’s Angela Merkel and France’s Emmanuel Macron will be the last two leaders to speak with Trump before May 12th, the date that he has stated he will remove his country from the arrangement on. The pair, meeting with Trump on different days (Macron on the 24th and Merkel on the 27th), will discuss a wide range of topics, with the Iran deal almost certainly being one of them.
The United States’ intention, under the Republican Administration, is to leave the deal unless better terms are met; American, Iranian, German, British, and French negotiators are currently in talks at the moment to agree on better terms, though if none are met then there is a good chance that Trump will follow through with his plans. In this situation, new sanctions would be imposed by the United States on Iran and its nuclear development program, likely worsening relationships in doing so.
Speaking on Thursday, the Secretary of State-designate and current CIA head, Rex Tillerson, stated that he was aware how important the Iran deal was to the leaders of France and Germany, saying: “It’s important to them and I know they’ll raise their hopes and concerns when they travel here to the United States in the coming days,“.
Negotiators met again multiple times last week to discuss further changes and compromises on the Iran deal, but were reportedly unable to reach any arrangements in those respective meetings. Currently, according to Tillerson’s Senate confirmation hearing, four major aspects of the Iran deal have yet to be agreed on, including inspections of alleged nuclear development sites, Iran’s ballistic missile testing, and the relaxation of the deal after several years. Currently, no regulation of ballistic missile testing is detailed within the deal.
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