US President Donald Trump’s demands for changes to the Iran nuclear deal are like “ultimatums”, France’s foreign minister said Monday as European powers mull how preserve the landmark 2015 agreement.
Iran is on the agenda at a meeting of European Union foreign ministers in Brussels on Monday, after Trump set a 120-day deadline for US lawmakers and European allies to fix what he called “disastrous flaws” in the deal or face a US exit.
The EU, which has staunchly defended the deal, is working on a response with France, Britain and Germany — the three European signatories.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said as he arrived for the meeting that EU ministers would stay “firm” on the need to preserve the agreement, which he called “an essential element” of global efforts against nuclear proliferation.
“We have observed with interest that President Trump did not break the agreement, even if on the other hand he has made demands that sometimes look like ultimatums,” Le Drian said.
Le Drian will visit Iran on March 5 to discuss Iran’s ballistic missile program and interference in conflicts around the Middle East.