The White House reported in a brief statement that President Donald Trump and President Emmanuel Macron of France spoke on telephone on November 26, discussing the Syrian peace process and also Iran and North Korea.
The statement says, “The leaders…stressed the need to confront and reverse Iran’s destabilizing activities in Syria.”
Macron has been vocal lately on Iran’s ballistic missile program, as well as its interventionist policies in the region.
On November 9, Macron accused Iran of supplying the missile that was fired at Saudi Arabia earlier in the month.
“There are extremely strong concerns about Iran. There are negotiations we need to start on Iran’s ballistic missiles” Macron had said. Later, he threatened Iran with possible sanctions if Tehran did not agree to discuss its missile program.
Macron’s foray into the subject is seen as a gesture toward President Donald Trump, who has refused to re-certify Iran’s compliance with the 2015 nuclear agreement, as U.S. law demands the president to do every three months.
While refusing to re-certify, Trump has singled out Iran’s missile program and its conduct in the region as reason why he believes Tehran has not respected “the spirit” of the nuclear deal.
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