French President Emmanuel Macron, known internationally as a pushover and an empty suit, has vowed to work with Iran to reinstate some of the provisions of the disastrous Iran Nuclear deal terminated by President Donald J. Trump in May of 2018.
“Iran is prepared to work on French proposals to salvage the international nuclear deal that Tehran signed with world powers in 2015 but it will not tolerate U.S. interference in the Gulf, its foreign minister said on Thursday,” according to Radio Farda. “In an effort to prop up the agreement, French President Emmanuel Macron offered on Wednesday to either soften sanctions on Iran or provide a compensation mechanism ‘to enable the Iranian people to live better’ in return for full compliance with the pact.”
The problem with the pact, of course, is that Iran cannot be trusted to comply. In fact, on the very day that Macron offered to soften sanctions, Iran debuted a long-range, surface-to-air missile air defense system, which it says it built, showing signs of aggression.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that he will visit Paris on Friday and discuss the deal with Macron personally.
“There are proposals on the table, both from the French and the Iranian side, and we are going to work on those proposals tomorrow,” he reportedly said.
Zarif once again expressed his displeasure with U.S. and allied security measures being taken in the Strait of Hormuz, through which a large percentage of the world’s oil flows, echoing the sentiment that he expressed two weeks ago.
“It’s clear that the U.S.’ intention (of having a) naval presence in the Persian Gulf is to counter Iran. Don’t expect us to remain quiet when somebody comes to our waters and threatens us,” he said.
There have been several scuffles in the Strait over the past couple of months. The United States, United Arab Emirates, and Israel have worked together on a security plan to help tame the Iranian Regime.
All this to say that Macron and the French government are not exactly helping to stabilize the situation, but rather emboldening a nation with nuclear aspirations.
Trump previously bashed Macron for interfering with his foreign policy.
“Iran is in serious financial trouble,” he said on Twitter. “They want desperately to talk to the U.S., but are given mixed signals from all of those purporting to represent us, including President Macron of France. I know Emmanuel means well, as do all others, but nobody speaks for the United States but the United States itself. No one is authorized in any way, shape, or form, to represent us!”
Meanwhile, Macron has problems domestically – namely that his citizenry is fed up with him. The infamous Yellow Vest protests against Macron and his government have continued for several months, with no signs of slowing.